ED Questions Robert Vadra On Day 2, Goes On For 9 Hours

Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the second day lasting for about 9 hours on Thursday regarding the investigation into some assets located in the United Kingdom. He may be summoned again on Saturday. 

Mr. Vadra’s questioning started around 11.30 a.m. and continued for about two hours, after which he stepped out for lunch and then rejoined the probe. He left the ED office around 9.15 pm. Ms. Vadra had come to pick him up.

On Wednesday, Mr. Vadra was examined by the investigating team for over five hours. Earlier this month, he had approached a city court seeking anticipatory bail in the matter. His counsel submitted before the court that he was then abroad and would join the probe on February 6. Accordingly, the court granted him protection till February 16.

Mr. Vadra has denied all the allegations. In his bail plea, he had alleged that he was being subjected to unwarranted, unjustified and malicious criminal prosecution which on the face of it was completely politically motivated and was being carried out for reasons other than those prescribed under law.

It is learnt that during questioning, the agency confronted him with some email exchanges pertaining to a London property located at 12,Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The Directorate has alleged that the property, which was sold in 2010 at the same price despite incurring expenses due to renovation works, was beneficially controlled by him.

The ED, which sees an alleged link between the overseas assets and some petroleum deal in 2009, is also probing the ownership of another house and six flats located in London.