Vadra to be quizzed in Bikaner land case

ED too will record his state­ment again

The Hindu - - NEWS - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The En­force­ment Direc­torate may again record the state­ment of Robert Vadra, hus­band of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in con­nec­tion with its probe into some London-based properties. The agency has al­ready quizzed him thrice this past week.

“We will soon de­cide the next date for con­tin­u­ing the process of record­ing the state­ment. He also has to ap­pear be­fore an­other probe team per­tain­ing to the Bikaner land case,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial.

As de­cided by the Ra­jasthan High Court last month, Mr. Vadra has to join in­ves­ti­ga­tions in the Bikaner land case on Fe­bru­ary 12. The High Court has asked the part­ners of his com­pany Sky­light Hos­pi­tal­ity Pri­vate Lim­ited to co­op­er­ate with the ED in the probe.

Stay on ar­rest

Ac­cord­ingly, Mr. Vadra and his mother Mau­reen Vadra, as di­rec­tors of the com­pany, are to ap­pear be­fore the ED. The agency had ear­lier is­sued three sum­monses un­der the Pre­ven­tion of Money Laun­der­ing Act (PMLA).

How­ever, the stay on Mr. Vadra’s ar­rest in the case still con­tin­ues, ac­cord­ing to the High Court di­rec­tive. The probe is based on cases and chargesheets filed by the Ra­jasthan po­lice al­leg­ing fraud­u­lent al­lot­ment of land meant for re­set­tle­ment of peo­ple dis­placed by the set­ting up of the Ma­ha­jan Field Fir­ing Range.

The fraud­sters, in con­spir­acy with State govern­ment em­ploy­ees, grabbed the land and then sold it. While Mr. Vadra has de­nied all al­le­ga­tions in the case, Sky­light Hos­pi­tal­ity, one of the buy­ers, has al­leged that it was cheated in the process.

In the London properties’ case, the Direc­torate has so far ques­tioned Mr. Vadra for more than 20 hours over three days.

Mr. Vadra has al­leged that he is be­ing sub­jected to un­war­ranted and ma­li­cious crim­i­nal prose­cu­tion with a po­lit­i­cal mo­tive. On Sun­day, he took to Face­book to thank his friends and ac­quain­tances who had “reached out in sup­port from all over the na­tion, at this time.” “Truth will al­ways pre­vail,” he posted.

AP ■

Robert Vadra has al­ready been ques­tioned thrice.

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