3 Vadra al­lies raided for de­fence deal link

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

New Delhi: The En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) car­ried out searches against three peo­ple linked to Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, on Fri­day in con­nec­tion with a probe into al­leged “com­mis­sions re­ceived in de­fence deals” and il­le­gal as­sets stashed abroad. This is the first time Vadra’s as­so­ciates have been linked to al­leged com­mis­sions re­ceived in de­fence deals by ED.

The raids that be­gan around 12 noon were car­ried out at mul­ti­ple premises in Delhi-ncr and Bengaluru.

“The searches were car­ried out at the premises of two em­ploy­ees of firms linked to Vadra and an­other per­son. These peo­ple are sus­pected to have re­ceived com­mis­sions out of a de­fence deal and they sub­se­quently in­vested these funds to pro­cure il­le­gal as­sets abroad,” ED sources claimed. The three tar­gets were not named, nor was the de­fence deal. The raids come three days af­ter the CBI ex­tra­dited Chris­tian James Michael, the al­leged mid­dle­man in Rs 3,700 crore Agus­tawest­land VVIP chop­per deal. Vadra’s lawyer Su­man said the ED teams en­tered the premises of as­so­ciates of his client with­out show­ing “search war­rants”.—pti

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