A special CBI court today refused to stay Robert Vadra’s interrogation and asked him to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the ongoing money laundering probe. During the hearing, Vadra’s lawyer alleged that the agency wants to expedite the investigation since the elections are approaching.
Vadra had filed an anticipatory bail application in the case where allegations of money laundering were levelled against him in the purchase of a London-based benami property at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million pounds. The property is allegedly owned by him. On 16th February, his interim bail was extended up to 2nd March.
Earlier this month, Robert Vadra had appeared at the ED office for questioning, after he had ignored several summons issued by the agency. He was accompanied to the ED office for questioning by Congress General Secretary and his wife, Priyanka Gandhi.
Earlier this month, the ED had attached Robert Vadra’s company, M/s Sky Light Hospitality (P) Ltd worth Rs 4.62 crore. In April last year, ED had attached the properties of Vadra’ aide Jaiprakash Bagarwa in connection with the Bikaner Land Scam case. In the Bikaner Land Scam case, land was allegedly allotted in the name of non-existent individuals by the State government officials in collusion with some fraudulent individuals including some real estate developers.
Vadra also has a criminal case registered against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for Vadra owned Sky Light Hospitality had allegedly bought a piece of land in Kolayat and Bikaner for cheap and sold the same at an extremely high premium through illegal transactions.