According to a submission given by the Enforcement Directorate in court, Congress ex-president Sonia Gandhi’s son in law and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's husband Robert Vadra is not cooperating with the investigating officials. Custodial interrogation has been requested.
New Delhi: Congress ex-president Sonia Gandhi’s son in law and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's husband Robert Vadra is not cooperating with Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials.
According to the submission given by the ED in court, the agency probing multiple cases related to money laundering allegedly linked to Vadra says that investigators need custodial interrogation of Vadra. Despite the extension of his anticipatory bail and his being asked to join the investigation when required, the agency says Vadra is not cooperating.
Earlier, Robert Vadra had missed a questioning and had left another round of questioning claiming that he was unwell. 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. According to sources, Vadra is not answering the questions asked by the ED clearly and is claiming that nothing is linked to him.
ED investigation claimed that accounts audits of a UAE-based company associated with Vadra show consistent transactions in big denominations without any actual business operations.
The transactions were used to round trip money used by Vadra in buying 12 Ellerton House, Bryanston Square property in London, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) believes. This money was originally received as kickback by arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari for brokering a deal between ONGC and Samsung Engineering Corporation Ltd during UPA regime in 2009, the ED has alleged so far.
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 himself is being probed for amassing undeclared overseas assets and receiving kickbacks from government deals during the UPA rule.
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Last Updated Mar 19, 2019, 3:42 PM IST