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Congress leader Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra is expected to appear before the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday in connection with a money laundering case relating to alleged possession of illegal foreign assets, official sources said Tuesday.
Update at 9:50 PM:
7 months ago

Robert Vadra has been summoned by the ED again on Thursday at 10:30 AM

Update at 9:40 PM:
7 months ago

Robert Vadra leaves ED office after hours of grilling. 

Robert Vadra's lawyer Suman Jyoti Khaitan says that Vadra has given an undertaking that he will appear (before Enforcement Directorate) when summoned.


Update at 8:12 PM:
7 months ago

ED sources confirm that Robert Vadra will be questioned by ED again on Thursday (Feb 7).

Sources say ED is not satisfied with Vadra's response.

Update at 6:25 PM:
7 months ago

"It is an attempt to not allow opposition parties to unite hence they are serving ED notices to everyone and anyone. But all opposition parties are united," says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on ED questioning Robert Vadra.

Update at 6:24 PM:
7 months ago

EXCLUSIVE: Inside sources from #VadraQuestioning tells Republic TV - Robert Vadra denies all charges.

Vadra says no business relations with Sanjay Bhandari. He knows Bhandari only as a friend. ED officers are asking Vadra to write down answers which he refused, as per sources. 

Update at 5:45 PM:
7 months ago

As per sources from inside the ED office where Robert Vadra is being questioned, Vadra has made all disclosures in relation to the foreign properties he own. Furthermore, he also told the ED that income tax is being paid regularly by him.

Sources further told Republic TV that Vadra has showed the proofs of IT documents to the ED officials. Vadra told ED that he only knows Sanjay Bhandari as a friend, not as a business associate.

Update at 5:30 PM
7 months ago

Robert Vadra's statement is currently being recorded at ED office. The Enforcement Directorate team led by Joint Director accompanied by Deputy Director and 5 other officers is questioning Robert Vadra, in connection with a money laundering case. (ANI)


Update at 5:23 PM:
7 months ago

"I stand by my family," said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at the Congress headquarters where she took charge as the party general secretary.

Her remarks came in response to a query about her husband being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case relating to alleged possession of illegal foreign assets.
(PTI inputs)

READ: Congress Plays Priyanka Gandhi Card To Take Sting Off Robert Vadra's ED Questioning

Update at 5:00 PM:
7 months ago

EXCLUSIVE SCOOP: 7 officials of ED are questioning Robert Vadra. A list of more than 42 questions has been prepared for Robert Vadra by the ED - sources tell Republic TV.

Update at 4:45 PM:
7 months ago

REPUBLIC EXCLUSIVE SCOOP: Republic TV accesses details of questions that ED is set to ask Robert Vadra:

Questioning will be divided into three parts:

First: In his relations with Manoj Arora, Sumit Chadha, C Thampi and Sanjay Bhandari. For this, he will be confronted with e-mails and statement of Manoj Arora made under PMLA.

Second: Over the 8-9 properties Vadra purchased in London - three Vilas and six flats. All transactions took place between 2005-2010. For payments, same modus operandi was used. The kickbacks were received in defence and petroleum kickbacks. ED, through, LRs sent to UK and UAE, got details of financial transactions. 

Third: Details of kickbacks -  ED is tight-lipped but says kickbacks received in defence and Petroleum deals. He will be confronted with it.

7 months ago

Even as Robert Vadra is being questioned by the ED officials, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reaches at the AICC headquarters in Delhi after dropping off her husband to the ED office. Priyanka Vadra takes charge as the Congress general-secretary for UP (East).


Update at 4:12 PM:
7 months ago

Visuals of Robert Vadra inside the Enforcement Directorate office, to appear in connection with a money laundering case:

WATCH: 'Robert Vadra Is Our Leader, We'll Put Up Lakhs And Crores Of His Posters', Says Vadra-aide Jagdish Sharma After Rahul-Priyanka-Robert Congress Posters Put Up Outside AICC

Update at 3:45 PM:
7 months ago

Robert Vadra arrives at the ED office along with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. 


7 months ago

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra is expected to appear before the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday in connection with a money laundering case relating to alleged possession of illegal foreign assets, official sources said Tuesday.

Vadra 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 sources said Vadra, once he appears, will be grilled about the transactions, purchase and possession of certain immovable assets in London and his statement will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

A Delhi court last week granted interim bail to him till February 16 and asked him to join probe by appearing in person on February 6 in this case.

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 Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

The agency had told the court that it has received information about various new properties in London which belongs to Vadra including two houses of five and four million each, six other flats and more properties.

"We just want him to come and inform about his properties," the ED counsel had said in the court.

In his anticipatory bail plea, Vadra had said he was being subjected to "unwarranted, unjustified and malicious criminal prosecution which on the face of it is completely politically motivated and is being carried out for reasons other than those prescribed under law".

The ED had carried out raids in this case in December last year at premises of a firm linked to Vadra in Delhi. It also grilled his associate Manoj Arora in connection with the case.

Vadra had alleged he was being "hounded and harassed" to subserve political ends.

Arora had also alleged before the court that the case was foisted on him by the NDA government out of "political vendetta".

However, the ED had refuted the allegations, asking that "should no authority investigate any political bigwig because that will be called a political vendetta?"

The agency had told the court that it filed the money laundering case against Arora after his role came up during the probe of another case by the Income Tax Department under the 2015 anti-black money legislation against absconding arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.

It had alleged that the London-based property was bought by Bhandari for GBP 1.9 million and sold in 2010 for the same amount despite incurring additional expenses of approximately GBP 65,900 on its renovation.

"This gives credence to the fact that Bhandari was not the actual owner of the property but it was beneficially owned by Vadra who was incurring expenditure on the renovation of this property," the ED had told the court.

Arora, an employee of Vadra's Skylight Hospitality LLP, was a key person in the case and he was aware of the latter's overseas undeclared assets and was instrumental in arranging funds, ED had alleged.