ED questions Vadra for over 9 hours for second day

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Feb 2019 08:44:42



ROBERT Vadra, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law, was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for nine hours on Thursday, the second day of his deposition in connection with a probe into allegations of money laundering to purchase assets abroad. His wife and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi came to the ED office, in Jamnagar House in central Delhi, in a black SUV to pick him up around 9:30 PM. Her vehicle was guarded by SPG personnel when it went inside the ED office. Vadra is expected to be questioned again on either Friday or Saturday.

Official sources said that Vadra was required to rejoin the probe on Thursday as he needed to answer more questions on allegedly acquiring immovable assets in the UK. It is understood that he was “confronted with” documents that the agency has obtained or seized as part of its probe in the case, including those linked to absconding defence dealer Sanjay Bhandari.

Vadra has also shared documents with the investigating officer and has assured some more will be provided as and when he gets them, sources said. He was grilled for five-and-a-half hours for the first time in the case on Wednesday. His lawyer said Wednesday night that Vadra had replied to every question put to him.

On Thursday, Vadra arrived at the ED office in an SUV around 11.25 am, about an hour after his team of lawyers reached there. After two hours of questioning, he left for lunch and returned about an hour later to resume the grilling session. Vadra is also expected to present himself before ED on February 12 in Jaipur in an money-laundering case related to a land scam in Bikaner.

BJP lists nine emails regarding Vadra’s London properties: KEEPING the heat on Congress party in relation to Vadra’s questioning by ED, the BJP on Thursday listed nine emails that the party alleged were exchanged between Vadra and Sumit Chadha, a relative of arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, regarding properties in London. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said emails were exchanged between March 8, 2010 and April 17, 2010.