Bikaner: After a daylong session of grilling, Robert Vadra, Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law, has been called again for questioning by the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday.
The ED is questioning him for alleged money laundering through questionable land deals in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district. His mother Maureen Vadra was also questioned for some time, while Vadra spent nearly nine hours at the ED’s zonal office.
AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra dropped them off at the ED’s zonal office, taking time off from her four-day Uttar Pradesh trip in a show of solidarity with her husband.
In a Facebook post, Vadra alleged that the Modi government was being “vindictive” and was harassing his 75-year-old mother as elections were approaching.
Vadra, Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law, asked as to why the government took four years and eight months in calling him for questioning, a month before campaigning begins for the general elections.
“Do they think people in India do not view it as an election gimmick?” he said in the post.
“So here we are my 75-year-old mother and me in Jaipur to depose in front of the Enforcement Directorate (sic). Not understanding the lows of this vindictive government to be harassing a senior citizen, who the world knows has lost her daughter in a car crash, her ailing son to diabetes, and her husband as well,” Vadra said.
“Three deaths and all I did was to ask her to spend time with me in my office, so I can look after her and we both could grieve on our losses, while spending time together,” he said.
Vadra alleged that his mother was now being accused, maligned and called to be interrogated, for spending time in his office.
He said he has already been interrogated for three days in ED’s Delhi headquarters.
“As I always have adhered to rules and overall being a disciplined person, I have the ability to sustain any amount of hours of questioning and having nothing to hide, I will answer every question with respect and dignity. This too shall pass and will make me stronger.
“What goes around comes around. God is with us!” Vadra said.
This was Vadra’s first appearance before the ED in Jaipur in connection with charges of money laundering through land deals made by a company linked to him. Vadra was asked by the Rajasthan High Court to cooperate with the agency.
His Jaipur appearance follows soon after he faced ED questioning for three days in Delhi on charges of money laundering, allegedly through property purchased in London.
Vadra is also facing charges of irregular land deals in Haryana’s Gurugram district.
Vadra and his mother reached the ED’s zonal office at Bhawani Singh Road, amid tight security arrangements.