The ED has been probing, among others, a case of undeclared properties abroad which allegedly are linked to murky deals done during the UPA regime. Vadra has so far denied any links to the properties.
New Delhi: The woes of Robert Vadra, the husband of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, don't seem to end.
Vadra, who is also the son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, had dropped hints of joining politics, and Congress workers had invited him to contest the upcoming general election from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh. However, the enforcement directorate (ED) has decided to go all out against him. Vadra will have to appear before the ED once again on March 8 at the directorate’s Jamnagar House office in Delhi in connection with corruption allegations against him.
The ED has been probing, among others, a case of undeclared properties abroad which allegedly are linked to murky deals done during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime, led by the Congress, and brokered by arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. Bhandari is himself being probed for amassing undeclared overseas assets and receiving kickbacks from government deals during the UPA rule.
Meanwhile, the ED has consistently been questioning Vadra, who has been complaining about a political vendetta against him. On March 2, a Delhi court had extended the stay on his arrest, along with that of his associate Manoj Arora, till March 19. However, the ED had also submitted to the court that Vadra was not cooperating during questioning.
Vadra has so far denied any links to the properties.
On February 20, Vadra claimed to be unwell while the ED was questioning him about funds that he allegedly used to purchase assets abroad. After being questioned for more than four hours, Vadra told the ED officials that he was not feeling well. After consulting senior ED officials, the investigators allowed Vadra to leave and also granted him a day's time.
This was not the first time that Vadra's questioning has been delayed due to his alleged ill health. Vadra had skipped questioning a day before also, after which the ED decided to call him the next day.
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Last Updated Mar 4, 2019, 4:39 PM IST