After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against Sanjay Bhandari, a close aide of Congress President Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law Robert Vadra, in connection in Pilatus aircraft deal, the investigative agency carried out raids over nine places including Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad linked to Bhandari.
Speaking in the matter, senior BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said that with the CBI case, link between Vadra and Bhandari has been established.
"His connection with Vadra is now established by the CBI. Some of it is something that he will never be able to explain, like for example, Vadra went to France in 2012 and the entire program and expenses, tickets and everything else been established by the CBI. The more you shake Bhandari, the more you get about Vadra in money-laundering," Dr Swamy said speaking in the matter.
Dr Swamy also said that this will ultimately lead to the prosecution of Vadra.
"Based on the raids conducted by CBI they have been able to move forward with the investigation, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) too will get the bigger picture." he said
Dr Swamy also added that Bhandari has some serious connections apart from being Vadra's aide.
"His telephone records show that he has connections with two to three prominent journalists who will be embrassed that they exchanged calls with Bhandari," he added.
Meanwhile, sources have said that files, pen drives and hard disks have been confiscated and sealed off. The raids which began on Friday morning went on till late.
This has come days after the Ministry of Defence banned all business dealings for an indefinite period of time with the fugitive arms dealer. Sanjay Bhandari is being probed in Robert Vadra's alleged London properties case. Ministry of Defence barred his company Offsets India Solutions (OIS) earlier in February 2018 for six months but in the new order, it was suspended until any further decision.
In 2016, the Delhi Police registered a case against Bhandari under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) in connection with the recovery of confidential Defence Ministry documents from his house in South Delhi's Defence Colony.
As per reports, in 2009, Sanjay Bhandari was allegedly involved in the procurement of 75 Pilatus basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force. The CBI has alleged that the company made a payment of 1,000,000 Swiss francs in the account of Offset India Solution Private Limited. Rs 350 crore was also transferred in Swiss Francs from 2011 to 2015 in the bank accounts of Dubai-based Offset India Solutions FZC, also belonging to Bhandari.