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Robert Vadra’s aide Thampi held in  money laundering case
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Robert Vadra’s aide Thampi held in money laundering case

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Congess President Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law Robert Vadra’s close aide CC Thampi held in Dubai related to a money laundering case, according to a report by various News Agencies.

Earlier Enforcement Directorate had alleged that CC was involved in routing the money for the latter's London properties. This move can mount trouble for Vadra, who is being haunted by the ED today in connection with this case.

A show-cause notice of over Rs 1,000 crore was slapped by the ED against him in 2017. Thampi has been arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). He is expected to be produced before a court on Monday for further custody.

Earlier, Thampi, a Dubai-based NRI and controller of Skylight Investments, FZE, Dubai, did not turn up before ED despite a summons. Thampi is the owner of the Holiday Group, which has interests in the UAE and India. ANI reported that Thampi and three of his companies—Holiday City Centre, Holiday Properties and Holiday Bekal Resorts—were under Enforcement Directorate investigation for FEMA violations amounting to Rs 288 crore.

The Central agency has been probing Thampi in a case of purchase of property in Kerala in alleged contravention of the FEMA.

According to the ED, in 2009, Sanjay Bhandari's firm Santech FZE purchased 12 Bryanston Square property for 1.9 million pound sterling from a private holding called Vortex. As soon the property was sold, all shares of Vortex were purchased by Skylight Investments, Dubai. Thampi was earlier quizzed by the ED in Gurugram land scam.

ED sources claim that the agency has come across several properties, including a property worth 1.9 million pounds, another property worth 4 million pounds, one more property worth 5 million pounds and six other flats. These properties are in London and the agency suspects it may be associated with Vadra. Total worth of properties are over 12 million pounds.

Accoridng to ED sources, London properties are part of kickbacks received in a petroleum deal. An amount of 1.9 million pounds was also received . The money was transferred Santech International, FZC, UAE (a company controlled Sanjay Bhandari). Santech then purchased the 12 Bryanstone mansion from Vortex (pvt holding) and later Vortex shares were transferred to Skylight Investment FZE UAE by NRI businessman Thampi.