ED raids Vadra’s staff, as­so­ciates

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NEW DELHI: The En­force­ment Direc­torate on Fri­day con­ducted raids and searches at the res­i­dences and of­fices of sev­eral em­ploy­ees and as­so­ciates of Robert Vadra, son-in-law of UPA chair­per­son Sonia Gandhi, prompt­ing an an­gry re­sponse from the Congress, which ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of “let­ting loose a crim­i­nal con­spir­acy to vil­ify, den­i­grate, and ma­lign” Vadra to “set­tle per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal scores”.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear which case the raids per­tained to. The En­force­ment Direc­torate did not is­sue a com­ment re­lated to the raids.

The Congress, in a press con­fer­ence ad­dressed by its chief spokesper­son Randeep Surjewala, said that ED of­fi­cers from Jaipur and Delhi raided Vadra’s of­fice too.

The raids were car­ried out with­out FIRs or search war- rants, Surjewala said. The op­po­si­tion party de­manded im­me­di­ate ac­tion against ED chief San­jay Ku­mar Mishra, deputy di­rec­tor Jas­bir Singh, and oth­ers, claim­ing that the raids were car­ried out at their be­hest.

Vadra’s lawyer Suz­man Khai­tan said sep­a­rately that the of­fi­cials broke locks and pre­vented peo­ple present on the premises from leav­ing. He linked the raids to “polling day in Ra­jasthan and Te­lan­gana” and al­leged that they were an at­tempt to “di­vert at­ten­tion from the main is­sues of the na­tion”. He termed the raids “il­le­gal”.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, Haryana gover­nor Satyadeo Narayan Arya gave post facto ap­proval to the state po­lice for an FIR against for­mer chief minister Bhupin­der Hooda in a case un­der the Preven­tion of Cor­rup­tion Act re­lated to the is­sue of land to Vadra.

The po­lice should have taken the ap­proval be­fore reg­is­ter­ing the FIR, but it did not.

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One of the houses raided by the ED. The Congress al­leged that the raids were car­ried out with­out FIRs or search war­rants.

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