Soon after AICC appointed Priyanka Gandhi as the Congress General Secretary on January 23, her husband Robert Vadra was directed to appear before Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in the money laundering case of 2009 by Delhi Court. After dropping off by Priyanka Gandhi at the ED’s office in Jamnagar house, Vadra was questioned for over five and a half hours. Vadra is expected to appear before ED again today for further questioning.
In a case related to a Petroleum and Defence deal that took place in 2008-09 under the UPA government, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged that Vadra bought 8 to 9 properties in London from the money he got as kickbacks from the deal. ED is speculating on Vadra’s links with Sanjay Bhandari, a defense dealer who was involved in the Controversial deal that took place in 2008-09, when it recovered Emails mentioning the renovation of a London based property from Bhandari. The links connected when Income Tax Department raided Manoj Arora, a close aide of Vadra last year in December and alleged that a London-based property was bought by Sanjay Bhandari for 1.9 million pounds and sold in 2010 for the same amount, despite an additional expense of approximately 65,900 pounds for its renovation. ED alleged that Bhandari was not the actual owner of the property but it was beneficially owned by Vadra, who was incurring expenditure on the renovation of this property.
Vadra showed up before the ED subsequent to being guided by a Delhi court to cooperate with the investigation being done by the agency. He had thumped on the court’s doors for anticipatory bail in the case. The court granted Vadra an interim bail till 16 February and requested him to join the investigation proceedings by showing at the ED’s office on February 6 in Jamnagar house.
“He is my husband, he is my family…I support my family,” Priyanka responded in support of her husband. She added the allegations on Vadra are nothing but a political vendetta by the BJP and everyone is aware why these allegations are being made on her husband.
“The 2019 Lok Sabha election is a fight between the gang of corrupt versus transparency of Narendra Modi government,” Sambit Patra quoted in response.