In a major development in the money laundering case against Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, a Delhi court on Monday allowed him to travel abroad - namely to the Netherlands and the United States of America. On May 21, Vadra, who is an accused in a money laundering case, had moved the court seeking permission to travel abroad.
The Delhi court granted 6-weeks-permission to Vadra to travel to the Netherlands and the United States of America for his routine medical check-up. The counsel for Vadra had appealed to the court to allow him to travel abroad for his medical treatment that is not available in India. However, he has not received permission to travel to London as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had opposed his plea to travel to the UK capital in the court, as per sources.
Speaking on the Delhi court's decision, BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy said:
"First of all, he is not being allowed to go to London - the place where his financial burglary takes place. He is being allowed to go to the Netherlands and the US, it is not proper for me to criticize the court's decision because they have acted on the medical documents submitted by Vadra. But it is a big relief that he is not allowed to go to London as ED has pointed out all financial matters he does in London."
Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned Vadra on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. As per sources, the investigating agency has new evidence in the money laundering case linked to the purchase of alleged illegal assets abroad and wish to question him based on the fresh evidence. Vadra had skipped his scheduled appearance before the ED in connection with this case on Friday, officials said. This is the ninth time he has skipped the summons by the agency. The officials said that Vadra has cited bad health as the reason for missing the date. The agency is expected to give him a fresh date for next week.
The ED case against Vadra relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property located at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million GBP (British pounds), which is allegedly owned by him. The agency had told a Delhi court that it has received information about various new properties in London which belong to Vadra. These include two houses, one worth 5 million GBP and the other valued at 4 million GBP, six other flats and more properties. Vadra has denied the allegations of possessing illegal foreign assets and termed them a political witch hunt against him. He said he was being "hounded and harassed" to subserve political ends.