Robert Vadra, Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law, has been summoned to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials on Tuesday.
Vadra is on interim bail till March 2 after a Delhi court extended the protection from arrest on Saturday. Special Judge Arvind Kumar has also extended interim protection from arrest of Manoj Arora, Vadra’s aide, till March 2. However, the court has asked Vadra and Arora to join investigation as and when required by the ED.
Vadra was present at the court for the first time in connection with a money laundering case being probed by the ED.
The ED told the court Vadra was not cooperating in the investigation. The ED wanted to interrogate Vadra further in the case.
The ED case against Vadra relates to a London-based property. There are allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a the property located at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million GBP (British pounds), which is owned by Vadra. The ED has submitted in the court that it has received information about various new properties in London which belong to Vadra. These include two houses, one worth 5 million GBP and the other 4 million GBP, six other flats and more properties.
Robert Vadra has denied the allegations of possessing illegal foreign assets and termed them a political witch hunt against him. He said he was being “hounded and harassed” to subserve political ends.
Special Public Prosecutor D.P. Singh has argued that Vadra was taking to social media and claiming to be a victim by posting that he was being “harassed”.
Last week, the ED had also grilled Vadra in Jaipur twice in a separate case related to land allotments. His mother Maureen was also asked to depose but was allowed to go after completion of brief legal procedures.
Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons Robert Vadra to appear tomorrow for questioning in money laundering case linked to purchase of his London based property. Vadra is on interim bail till March 2 & has been directed by court to appear before ED whenever he is called. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/XNLLAE7SdN