In a massive setback for Robert Vadra, the Delhi High Court has refused to interfere in his plea seeking quashing of the proceedings by the Enforcement Directorate against him in a money laundering case.
The ED had told the court that his plea is not maintainable. The agency also said that custodial interrogation of Vadra at this stage of probe is important.
The ED had raised an objection on the maintainability of the plea of Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying there was willful suppression and that no relief be granted to him.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the ED and the Centre, said that Vadra's petition is not maintainable and it is abuse of the process of law.
A bench of justices Hima Kohli and Vinod Goel asked the probe agency to file an affidavit regarding the maintainability of two separate but similar petitions by Vadra and his close aide Manoj Arora within two weeks.
The court has listed the matter for further hearing on May 2.
The ED case relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The property is allegedly owned by Vadra.
Vadra, represented by senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, has also sought that various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, be declared unconstitutional.
In a big setback to Robert Vadra, Delhi High Court rejects his plea seeking quashing of ED proceedings against him in money-laundering case.
(With agency inputs)