Was never arrested, fully cooperating with probe: Manoj Arora

Was never arrested, fully cooperating with probe: Manoj Arora

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New Delhi, Feb 3: Manoj Arora, a close aide of Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, on Sunday clarified that he has never been arrested, as reported by a private news channel and is fully cooperating with the probe agency.

A Delhi court on January 19 had extended till February 6, the interim protection from arrest to Manoj Arora, a close aide of Robert Vadra, in a case related to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

In his Facebook post on Sunday, Mr Arora said, ''I am completely shocked and surprised that fake, unverified and factually incorrect news are being deliberately spread by some leading media houses, purportedly to generate false public opinion.

''This could also have a negative effect on and influence the ongoing investigations. I would like to clarify that contrary to the reports in the public domain: a) I have never been arrested as reported by Republic TV and I am admittedly fully cooperating with the relevant agencies, and b) the statement by Times of India in their publication today mentioned that enforcement directorate has some leads provided by me on some UK-based Syntac firm, as mentioned" it alleged that Arora's interrogation has revealed the name of UK -based Syntac" is patently false,'' he said.

''I am constrained to respond in the public domain due to false news being spread in a confidential investigation . I am not aware of any such firm or have ever been questioned about the same. Such news is damaging my reputation and further leading to mental harassment for me and my family. Such false news is also negatively impacting my appearence before the authorities,'' Mr Arora added.

A Delhi court on February 2 granted interim bail to Robert Vadra till February 16, in connection with a money laundering case registered against him by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) for allegedly owning a property in British capital -- London.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar, however, directed Vadra to join the investigations.

The ED had made allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property located at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million pounds, allegedly owned by Vadra.

Counsel for Vadra, submitted in the anticipatory bail that his client was being ‘targeted’ and being subjected to ‘false’ prosecution having a colour of “political witch hunt”.

Vadra, in the bail plea, claimed that he was a law abiding citizen.

On the other hand, the probe agency submitted that Manoj Arora, an employee in Vadra’s company -- Skylight Hospitality -- arranged funds for Vadra’s undeclared assets overseas and proceeds of crime were used to channel money from the United Arab Emirates.

The court has granted interim protection from arrest to Arora till February 6.

The ED submitted that Manoj Arora was cooperating with the Investigating Agency. Arora has alleged earlier that the case was foisted on him by the National Democratic Alliance Government out of “political vendetta”. The ED, however, refuted the allegations. (UNI)