After facing a six-hour grilling by the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday, Robert Vadra was interrogated by the agency for a second consecutive day on Thursday.
The focus of the ED for the questioning was alleged Benami property deals including over properties in London. During the course of this, Vadra was questioned about the mail trails between himself and his alleged aides Sanjay Bhandari and Sumit Chadda.
Sanjay Bhandari is a defence dealer whose business is under scanner by the I-T and the ED for allegedly receiving kickbacks from petroleum and defence deals during the UPA regime. Sumit Chaddha is Bhandari's cousin, while Manoj Arora is Vadra's executive assistant.
Below is the mail, which was accessed by Republic TV in September 18, 2018, based on which the ED questioned Vadra. The mail discussed the property in question which is a flat at Bryanston Square.
In the mail, which has the subject line 'Bryanston sq', Vadra is responding to Sumit Chadda who is requesting for the payment for decorating the flat. Vadra says in the email that he will arrange for the funds to be sent. He mentions that 'Manoj will sort it out'.
Robert Vadra had appeared before the Enforcement Directorate on Thursday morning around 11:30 am, an hour later than the scheduled time
He was questioned with regards to the money laundering case over alleged possession of illegal foreign assets. He had left the ED office around 1:30 pm.
Vadra had faced a six-hour-long questioning at the hands of the ED on Wednesday.
Sources said to Republic TV that Vadra was uncooperative and failed to give any information when confronted with a mail trail which had shown conclusively that properties were being purchased for him via his benami proxies. It has also been claimed that Robert Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality has illegally acquired a villa in Dubai - this aside from his alleged properties in the UK that are under the ED's scanner at the moment.
As far as the route of the transactions go, Republic TV has learnt that Vadra's aide Sanjay Bhandari had registered a company in the British Virgin Islands for Robert Vadra and used this vehicle to purchase illegal properties. Sources added that Sumit Chadha - Sanjay Bhandari's nephew - sent multiple emails marked to Bhandari and Vadra. Robert Vadra replied to the emails marking both Sumit and Sanjay giving clear instructions to purchase the properties.