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Vadra appears before ED for another day of questioning in money laundering probe

NEW DELHI: Robert Vadra, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law, seemed ahead of the Enforcement Directorate for the second one day on Thursday in reference to a probe into allegations that he laundered money to buy unlawful overseas assets.

Vadra, who was once grilled for five-and-a half hours for the primary time in the case on Wednesday, arrived at the ED office in Jamnagar House in central Delhi at about 11:25 am, about an hour after his workforce of lawyers.

Officials stated Vadra was once required to rejoin the probe on Thursday as he needed to reply to more questions on allegedly acquiring immovable assets in United Kingdom.

His commentary might be recorded underneath the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) as was once performed Wednesday, they added.

He was once requested a few dozen questions by means of a workforce of 3 ED officers, together with the investigating officer of the case.

His appearance ahead of the ED on Wednesday bought political overtones together with his spouse Priyanka Gandhi, appointed Congress common secretary in-charge of japanese Uttar Pradesh, accompanying him to the investigating company's office. She took payment of her new submit at the Congress' nationwide headquarters on Akbar Road after that.

"He is my husband, he is my family ... I support my family," Priyanka Gandhi stated in a display of give a boost to to Vadra, who returned from London on Wednesday.

This is the primary time that Vadra is showing ahead of any probe company in reference to alleged doubtful monetary dealings.

On February 2, he was once directed by means of a Delhi court docket to seem ahead of the central probe company and cooperate in the probe after he knocked at its door looking for anticipatory bail in the money laundering case.

Vadra has denied the allegations of possessing unlawful overseas assets and termed them a political witch hunt in opposition to him. He stated he was once being "hounded and harassed" to subserve political ends.

His legal professional stated Wednesday evening that Vadra had answered to each and every question put to him.

"All charges against him are wrong. We will cooperate with the agency 100 per cent. He will come whenever he is called," legal professional Suman Jyoti Khaitan advised reporters.

The ED case in opposition to Vadra pertains to allegations of cash laundering in the acquire of a London-based assets located at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million GBP (British kilos), which is allegedly owned by means of him.

The company additionally advised the court docket that it has received details about quite a lot of new houses in London which belong to Vadra. These include two properties, one worth 5 million GBP and the opposite 4 million GBP, six other flats and more houses.

In December closing 12 months, the ED performed raids in the case and grilled his shut aide Manoj Arora, an employee of Skylight Hospitality LLP, a firm linked to Vadra, as well as others.

The company advised the court docket that it filed a PMLA case in opposition to Arora after his function cropped up during the probe of another case by means of the Income Tax Department underneath the 2015 anti-black money legislation in opposition to absconding defence dealer Sanjay Bhandari.

It alleged that the London-based assets was once purchased by means of Bhandari for 1.9 million GBP and offered in 2010 for an identical quantity regardless of incurring further bills of roughly 65,900 GBP on its renovation.

The BJP seized at the questioning of Vadra on Wednesday to attack the Congress and alleged he got kickbacks from a petrol and defence offers came about during the UPA regime.

Vadra could also be intended to be present ahead of the ED on February 12 in Jaipur in another money laundering case related to a land rip-off in Bikaner. The Rajasthan prime court docket had directed him to cooperate with the company in the case.

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