ED searches premises of Vadra’s as­so­ciates; Cong claims vendetta

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The En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) on Fri­day car­ried out searches at the premises of three peo­ple linked to firms of Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, in con­nec­tion with al­leged com­mis­sions re­ceived by some sus­pects in de­fence deals, of­fi­cials said.

The searches, car­ried out in Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru, were also re­lated to cases of as­sets held abroad, they said.

“The searches at the premises of the three peo­ple linked to firms of Vadra were re­lated to al­leged com­mis­sions re­ceived by some sus­pects in de­fence deals,” an ED of­fi­cial said.

Re­act­ing to the de­vel­op­ments, the Congress said the raids show the ner­vous­ness within the BJP camp af­ter sens­ing de­feat in the five States where Assem­bly polls con­cluded to­day. The party urged the Cen­tre to stop us­ing in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies for set­tling po­lit­i­cal scores.

The Congress’ me­dia in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi is act­ing like a don lord­ing over a crim­i­nal em­pire to per­se­cute and hound ev­ery­one op­posed to him.

“Sure shot de­feat in five States has un­nerved Modi to again use the same old trick un­leash re­venge and vendetta against Robert Vadra to di­vert the nar­ra­tive. In­stead of act­ing as in­de­pen­dent in­ves­tiga­tive agen­cies, CBI, ED and In­come Tax are act­ing as per­sonal slaves and po­lit­i­cal agents of Modi,” he tweeted.

He said the Modi gov­ern­ment Robert Vadra has let loose a crim­i­nal con­spir­acy to vil­ify, den­i­grate and ma­lign Vadra to set­tle po­lit­i­cal scores. “In a brazen af­front to the rule of law and to Con­sti­tu­tion, on the polling day, of­fi­cers of ED from Jaipur and Delhi raided the of­fice of Vadra at Sukhdev Vi­har, New Delhi, as also the res­i­dence of his as­so­ciate, his sis­ter and her in-laws at Noida, with­out any FIR or search war­rant,” the party al­leged.

Surjewala said Vadra’s lawyer had stated that all this was done with­out the reg­is­tra­tion of an of­fence or FIR against him.

“Congress fought the Bri­tish and dec­i­mated them to win In­de­pen­dence for In­dia. We also faced ev­ery other chal­lenge from across the border and never bowed down. A despotic Prime Minister and a gov­ern­ment mired in crime can never de­ter the Congress or the peo­ple of this coun­try from speak­ing truth to the power,” he claimed.

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