Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was granted interim protection from arrest till February 16 by a Delhi special court on Saturday in connection with a money laundering case.
Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was Saturday granted interim protection from arrest till February 16 by a Delhi special court in an alleged money laundering case, in which he agreed to join ED’s custodial interrogation on February 6.
Fearing pre-arrest in the case lodged by the ED regarding “ownership of undisclosed assets abroad”, Vadra’s counsel told Special Judge Arvind Kumar that presently his client is in London and will join the probe.
The court issued notice to the ED and sought their stand on Vadra’s plea by next date of hearing.
While extending the relief, the judge directed Vadra’s counsel to furnish a personal bond of Rs one lakh and a surety of like amount.
Senior Advocate K T S Tulsi, representing Vadra, submitted before the court that his client is being targeted and is being subjected to false prosecution which has a colour of political witch hunt.
ED’s counsel D P Singh and Nitesh Rana opposed the interim bail and said that during the interrogation of Manoj Arora, who is said to be an employee of Vadra, in 2009 through petroleum contract, various property worth 1.9 million pounds were purchased in London.
ED said that there were other cases of four and five million pounds of property acquired through money laundering and the counsel also averred that Vadra had six flats overseas in his possession.
Tulsi responded saying Vadra is a law-abiding citizen and called this case nothing but a political vendetta and fears being falsely prosecuted.
“He is socially active and has strong roots in society and is a family man and is unlikely to abscond. He is a law-abiding citizen,” Vadra’s application said.
Tulsi further submitted that Vadra has gone overseas to US to look after his daughter in connection with her surgery and is presently in London to attend to his aged mother.
He expects that he can be summoned anytime though no summons have been served till now in connection to the arresting of his close aide Manoj Arora.
Tulsi also said that Vadra earlier had joined the investigation and will again join the ED probe as directed by the court.
The ED submitted that “we want him (Vadra) to come and tell us whether the properties are his or someone else’s.”
The special judge directed him to appear before the ED on February 6 evening.
Source: The Indian Express