Cong, BJP spar over raids on Vadra aides

The Asian Age - - Front Page -

New Delhi, Dec. 8: Even as the Congress stepped up its at­tack on the BJPled gov­ern­ment over ED raids against Robert Vadra’s as­so­ciates, ac­cus­ing Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi of us­ing probe agencies for “political vendetta”, the BJP lashed out by dub­bing Mr Vadra the “foun­tain­head of cor­rup­tion”.

Se­nior Congress lead­ers Kapil Sibal, Ahmed Pa­tel and Randeep Surjewala held a press con­fer­ence on Satur­day evening, hours af­ter the En­force­ment Direc­torate ( ED) car­ried out raids against Mr Vadra’s as­so­ciates for the sec­ond day.

The raids against three per­sons linked to Mr Vadra, the son- in- law of Congress leader So­nia Gandhi, had started Fri­day.

“Peo­ple are be­ing ha­rassed, held prac­ti­cally un­der ar­rest in their houses, raided with­out any no­tice. Is this the kind of change Modi had ad­vo­cated for in ( the) 2014 ( Lok Sabha) elec­tion?”, Mr Sibal asked at the press con­fer­ence.

He al­leged that agencies like the ED were “act­ing on the direc­tions of the Prime Minister”.

Of­fi­cial sources said the ac­tion was taken on the ba­sis of two FIRs filed by the agency.

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