Robert Vadra was directed by a Delhi court to cooperate with the investigation. (File)
Businessman Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, today appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in a money laundering case. He was dropped at the agency’s south Delhi office by wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who has recently joined active politics as a general secretary of the Congress.
This is the first time Mr Vadra, also the brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is appearing before any probe agency in connection with alleged criminal charges of dubious financial dealings.
Mr Vadra has denied these allegations in the past and termed them a political witch hunt against him. He was directed by a Delhi court to cooperate with the investigation being carried out by the central probe agency after he knocked on its door seeking anticipatory bail in this case.
The case involves a London-based property worth 1.9 million pounds, which is allegedly owned by Mr Vadra. The agency has also told the court that Mr Vadra owns other properties in London – including two houses worth around nine million pounds, six other flats and other properties.
Here are the live updates in the money laundering case:
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on accompanying her husband Robert Vadra to the Enforcement Directorate, says: “I stand by my husband. Wanted to send a message (by accompanying him).”
The case relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property – located at 12, Bryanston Square – worth 1.9 million pounds, which is allegedly owned by Robert Vadra.
The Enforcement Directorate had told the court that it has received information about various new properties in London which belongs to Robert Vadra. The agency carried out raids in this case in December last year and grilled his aide Manoj Arora, an employee of a firm linked to Mr Vadra, Skylight Hospitality LLP.
Official sources say Robert Vadra will be put through questions on transactions, purchase and possession of certain immovable assets in London and his statement will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Robert Vadra accompanied by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrives at the Enforcement Directorate office to appear in connection with a money laundering case. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra left soon after.