Vadra gets interim bail

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Feb 2019 09:32:46



A DELHI court on Saturday granted interim bail till February 16 to Robert Vadra in a money-laundering case and asked him to appear before the Enforcement Directorate and cooperate in the investigation. Vadra, who is currently abroad, had on Friday filed an anticipatory bail application in the case linked to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property — 12, Bryanston Square — worth 1.9 million pounds.

The property is allegedly owned by Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Vadra’s counsel informed the court that he will return to Delhi from London on February 6 and would join the probe. Taking note of the assurance by his counsel, special judge Arvind Kumar directed Vadra to appear before ED after his return on February 6 and cooperate in the investigation. “I am granting him interim bail. Let him come and join the probe,” the judge said.

The court asked him to furnish a personal bond of Rs one lakh and a surety of like amount as a condition for securing interim bail. During the hearing, special public prosecutor D P Singh and advocate Nitesh Rana, appearing for ED, opposed Vadra’s anticipatory bail and claimed that he had also got kickbacks in a petroleum deal in 2009. The agency said it has received information about various new properties in London which belongs to Vadra including two houses of five and four million each, six other flats and more properties.

“We just want him to come and inform about his properties,” Rana said. Senior advocate KTS Tulsi, appearing for Vadra, told the court that he was in London for the treatment of his mother and assured the court that he will come and join the probe. In his anticipatory bail plea, Vadra said he was being subjected to “unwarranted, unjustified and malicious criminal prosecution which on the
face of it is completely politically motivated and is being carried out for reasons other than those prescribed  under law”.

The plea said Vadra’s office was raided by ED on December 7, 2018 and therefore, he seriously apprehends that his liberty may be curtailed by the investigating agency. “The petitioner (Vadra) is being subjected to a farce  criminal prosecution which actually is beset with nothing else except political vendetta and most unfortunately the respondent (ED) being the  law enforcement agency is a party to the unethical and illegal exercise.