ED grills Robert Vadra for over five-and-half hours

ED grills Robert Vadra for over five-and-half hours

Agency News

Delhi, Feb 06: Enforcement Directorate businessman Robert Vadra nearly five-and-a-half-hours on Wednesday. Vadra left the Enforcement Directorate's central Delhi office on Wednesday night. It is learnt that he has been called in again on Thursday.

It is learnt that around 40 questions was asked by the ED officials. 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, the brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

A seven-member ED team, including Deputy Director Rajiv Sharma and Assistant Director ML Sharma and five other officials, has participated in the interrogation. His statements were recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The ED interrogated Vadra on his email exchanges with Sanjay Bhandari, the alleged arms dealer who is currently absconding, and his relationship with Dubai-based NRI businessman CC Thampi, alleged to be a close aide of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. It is said that CC Thampi had also purchased huge tracts of land in Haryana.

The agency questioned Vadra about the ownership of the two homes and six flats in London and the financial transactions behind acquiring the properties

The ED also probed on his relation with associate Manoj Arora, who's interim protection from arrest was extended by a Delhi court till February 16. Briefing media persons, Vadra's lawyer Suman Jyoti Khaitan said that this government probably wanted to harass him for political vendetta.”