ED Searches Premises of Vadra’s Three Associates
Our Political Bureau
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday carried out searches on the premises of three people allegedly linked to Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
The search operations, agency sources said, were in connection with its probe into alleged commissions received by some suspects in defence deals and assets illegally parked abroad.
Vadra himself was not among those raided, the sources said. But his lawyer said Vadra’s premises were raided by the ED in what he called “malicious ven- detta” to tarnish his reputation.
This is for the first time that the ED is linking Vadra’s associates to money-laundering and defence deals.
The raids, which commenced around 9 am, were carried out at their official and residential premises in Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru.
As per agency sources, two of the three people were employees of companies allegedly linked to Vadra. These people, they added, were suspected to have earned commissions from a defence deal and invested the proceeds in procuring assets in foreign countries.