New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday asked Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, to file a reply on the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) plea seeking to cancel his bail in a money laundering case. Justice Chander Shekhar issued a notice to Vadra and his close associate Manoj Arora listing the matter for July 17.
The ED has pressed for Vadra’s custodial interrogation, saying that he was not co-operating with the investigation. He was granted anticipatory bail by a trial court on April 1 on the condition that he would not leave the country without permission and join the investigation whenever needed. The ED, in its plea submitted in the High Court, challenged the trial court order and said that protection to Vadra would be detrimental in carrying out a free investigation in the case.
The case relates to ownership of 1.9 million pounds of overseas assets by Vadra. It pertains to undisclosed foreign assets and entities meant to evade tax. The ED told the High Court that Vadra’s questioning was required to unearth the entire source of credit used for the purchase of properties, ascertaining transactions and money laundering.
The probe agency said that Vadra’s questioning would help it ascertain the role of other key accused persons involved in the commission of offence and their modus operandi. The ED noted that there were chances that Vadra may tamper with evidence and influence witnesses in the case, as he was an influential person. It said that in spite of being given several opportunities to come clean about his alleged role in the case, Vadra has remained evasive and has maliciously claimed himself to be a victim of political vendetta and that he had made all possible attempts to sensationalise the case. (IANS)
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