ED raids Robert Vadra’s office; two aides under scanner

New Delhi, Dec 7 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 12/7/2018 11:30:11 AM IST

The Enforcement Directorate on Friday conducted raids at two offices of businessman Robert Vadra. Raids were carried out at the Delhi and Bengaluru offices of Vadra’s firm Sunlight Hospitality in connection with alleged commissions received by some suspects in defence deals.

According to India Today, ED officials reached Vadra’s South Delhi office on Friday evening. Vadra was not present at the Sukhdev Vihar office but his team of lawyers met ED officials.

Vadra’s lawyer asserted that the raids were part of a conspiracy to falsely implicate the son-in-law of Congress matriarch Sonia Gandhi.

“I have submitted full documents twice to the ED office. Last time, I went there on December 5, with a 600-page document. Now they are asking him [Vadra] to be present in person. What do they want from him in person? Do they want to see his face? These officials are trying to manufacture and plant false evidence inside the office. They are not allowing us to enter, this is not the rule of law,” his lawyer said.

Vadra’s counsel also said, “They have locked the people of Skylight Hospitality [Vadra’s firm] inside, they are not allowing anyone to go inside. Isn’t this Nazism? Is this a jail? It has been four-and-a-half years and they found nothing, so now they are locking us outside and planting and fabricating evidence.”

ED officials clarified that no raids had been conducted on Vadra. “The searches were linked to two employees of Vadra over money-laundering allegations. They are alleged to have acquired assets abroad, allegedly bought using commissions from certain defence deals,” they said.

Vadra has also issued a statement on Facebook via his counsel, saying that he will not be ‘cowed down by such malicious intimidation and threats for settling political scores’.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that the raids were conducted to divert attention from a potential defeat for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming assembly elections.

Vadra’s firm Sunlight Hospitality is also implicated in a land-scam case in Rajasthan. According to the ED, Vadra-owned Skylight Hospitality had purchased 69.55 hectares of land for Rs 72 lakh and then sold it to Allegeny Finlease for Rs 5.15 crore, earning a profit of Rs 4.43 crore. 

The agency registered a criminal case under the Money Laundering Act in 2015, taking cognizance of a case filed by the Rajasthan Police following forgery allegations.

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