Robert Vadra has denied owning multiple properties in London durig his interrogation with the Enforcement Directorate today. The brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi also denied any business ties with arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and his cousin Sumit Chaddha. Vadra is being grilled by the probe agency in relation to alleged kickbacks from a petroleum and defence deal during the UPA regime.
Vadra did acknowledge that he knows Manoj Arora, who he said is a former employee. He, however, maintained that Arora has never written any mail on his behalf. This is in relation to the e-mail trail between Vadra and Bhandari regarding refurbishing of a London property allegedly owned by the former.
Earlier today, Vadra’ arrived at the ED office, on order from Delhi Patiala Court, to answer queries about charges of money laundering levelled against him by the agency. His wife Priyanka Gandhi, sister of Rahul Gandhi, accompanied him, but left shortly after for the Congress headquarters. There she assumed the office of General Secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) for Congress, a reponsibility she was given recently.
The line of questioning will reportedly be around Vadra’s link to his aid Manoj Arora, Sumit Chaddha, C Thampi and Sanjay Bhandari, the accused in the money laundering case. Vadra is also likely to be questioned about the eight properties in London, which the ED states are kickbacks from a petroleum deal during the UPA regime. He will also be asked about kickbacks he allegedly received in the Agusta Westland case.
Vadra was given interim bail till February 16 by Delhi’s Patiala Court in the money laundering case fil