New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday extended the interim bail of Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, and Manoj Arora till March 2 in connection with a money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).Also Read - ED Issues Lookout Notice Against Former Maharashtra Minister Anil Deshmukh in Money Laundering Case:
Both Vadra and Arora had appeared before Patiala House Court earlier today for hearing as their interim bail ended on February 16. Also Read - Priyanka Gandhi to Isolate Herself After Husband Robert Vadra Tests Positive For COVID-19
During the hearing, the ED counsel said in the court, “He (Robert Vadra) is accompanied by a “baraat” wherever he goes, whether to ED or to Court.” Also Read - Ranbir Kapoor's Cousin Armaan Jain Summoned by ED in Money Laundering Case | Deets Inside
The case relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property — located at 12, Bryanston Square — worth 1.9 million pounds, which is allegedly owned by Vadra.
Earlier on February 2, Special judge Arvind Kumar had directed Vadra to appear before the ED on February 6 and cooperate in the investigation, while granting him interim bail till February 16. During the hearing, special public prosecutor DP Singh and advocate Nitesh Rana, appearing for the ED, opposed Vadra’s anticipatory bail and claimed that he had got kickbacks in a petroleum deal in 2009.
The agency has received information about various new properties in London which belongs to Vadra including two houses of 5 and 4 million each, 6 other flats and more properties.
Senior advocate KTS Tulsi, appearing for Vadra, told the court that his client was out of the country for his mother’s treatment and assured the court that he will come and join probe.
On Friday, February 15, the ED attached assets worth Rs 4.62 crores belonging to Robert Vadra’s company Skylight Hospitality LLP and others in connection with the Bikaner land scam case. “The attached assets include movable assets amounting to Rs 18,59,500 pertaining to four individuals and one immovable property situated at 268, Sukhdev Vihar in New Delhi to the extent of Rs 4,43,36,550 owned by Robert Vadra’s company Ms Sky Light Hospitality (P) Ltd (now LLP),” PTI quoted the agency as saying.