Delhi Court allows Vadra to travel abroad on medical grounds

Delhi Court allows Vadra to travel abroad on medical grounds

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New Delhi, Jun 3 : A Delhi Court on Monday allowed businessman Robert Vadra to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Vadra, brother-in-law of Indian National Congress president Rahul Gandhi, accused in money laundering and illegal land deal cases, is currently on bail.
Special Judge Arvind Kumar after hearing the plea allowed Vadra to go to United States and Netherlands but with the condition to not go to London.

Enforcement Directorate has alleged money laundering in the purchase of a London based property located at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million pounds which is ‘owned’ by Vadra.

The probe agency has also alleged that Manoj Arora, an employee of Vadra's Skylight Hospitality LLP, was a key person in the case as he was aware of the latter's overseas undeclared assets and instrumental in arranging funds.

The ED has submitted through petition that Arora arranged funds for Vadra's through United Arab Emirates.

Vadra is also accused in alleged irregularities in land deals in Gurugram of Haryana. An FIR was lodged against Vadra and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in September last year in connection with land deals.
It's alleged that Vadra's company Skylight Hospitality sold 3.5 acres of land in 2008 in Shikohpur village to DLF at a rate much higher than the prevailing rate.

Questions have also been raised over the purchase and subsequent sale of land by the company in Bikaner, Rajasthan, at a significant premium through a maze of transactions.

Business premises linked to Vadra's associates have been raided during the probe and ED has asked him to be present for questioning in the alleged Money Laundering case.
The probe agency has submitted that the Money Laundering case was lodged against Arora after his role came up during the probe of another case by the Income Tax Department under the newly-enacted Black Money Act and tax law against absconding arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.

Counsel for ED said that information was received about various new properties in London which allegedly belong to Vadra, including two houses of five and four million pounds each, six other flats and more properties.

Judge Arvind Kumar has directed to Investigating Agency to provide Vadra all the documents seized from his office as his Counsel has submitted that without providing the documents, Vadra was questioned by the ED.

The Delhi court last month granted bail to Vadra with the conditions of furnishing a surety bond of Rs 5 lakh and a surety of the same amount and not to leave the country without permission of the court and not tamper with the evidence. (UNI)