ED raids Robert Vadra’s office
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ED raids Robert Vadra’s office

The Enforcement Directorate on Friday conducted raids at two offices of businessman Robert Vadra.

Raids were carried out at the Delhi and Bengaluru offices of Vadra's firm Sunlight Hospitality in connection with alleged commissions received by some suspects in defence deals.

News of the raids came within minutes of the close of polling in Rajasthan and Telangana, the last of the five states where assembly elections have been conducted over the last few weeks.

ED officials reached Vadra's South Delhi office on Friday evening. Vadra was not present at the Sukhdev Vihar office but his team of lawyers met ED officials. Vadra's lawyer asserted that the raids were part of a conspiracy to falsely implicate the son-in-law of Congress matriarch Sonia Gandhi.

But ED officials clarified that no raids had been conducted on Vadra and said that the searches were linked to two employees of Vadra over money laundry allegations. " they said.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that the raids were conducted to divert attention from a potential defeat for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming assembly elections.

Vadra's firm Sunlight Hospitality is also implicated in a land scam case in Rajasthan. According to the ED, Vadra-owned Skylight Hospitality had purchased 69.55 hectares of land for Rs 72 lakh and then sold it to Allegeny Finlease for Rs 5.15 crore, earning a profit of Rs 4.43 crore.