Robert Vadra, husband of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is being investigated for the second day in a money laundering case. The case is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate. Yesterday Mr. Vadra was questioned by the agency for five hours on allegations he illegally owns nine properties in London which worth Rs. 110 crore.
Today he will be asked on his links with the main players in the case – controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, his nephew, and two others. Though Mr. Vadra has denied the allegations, he calls it a political witch-hunt.
The Enforcement Directorate complained that Robert Vadra owns nine properties in the UK. Sources said that he purchased the properties between 2005 and 2010. The agency has filed a case of money laundering in the purchase of property worth 1.9 million pounds (over Rs. 17.77 crores) located at 12, Bryanston Square, London, which allegedly belongs to Robert Vadra.
Today the Enforcement Directorate showed Mr. Vadra some emails between him and the key players in the case. According to the sources in a mail, Mr. Vadra wrote, “Will look into it in the morning and let Manoj sort it out”. Manoj, sources say, is Manoj Arora, a former employee of Skylight Hospitality, a firm linked to Mr. Vadra.
According to the ED the Bryanston Square mansion was purchased by proxy in 2009, was sold in 2010 for the same amount.
The ED also claimed that the money was transferred to Santech International, FZC, which is a company based in UAE. Santech then purchased the 12 Bryanstone Square mansion from Vortex, a private holding. Later, Vortex shares were transferred to Skylight Investment, FZE, which is led by NRI businessman C Thampi, sources said.
BJP accuses Congress of being corrupted while Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has supported her husband by saying, “I stand by my husband”. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also supported Congress and said, “There is no serious case, nothing, just sending the notice casually to everybody. We stand together, we are united”.