ED raids Vadra’s as­so­ciates

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THE En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) on Fri­day car­ried out searches against three peo­ple linked to Robert Vadra, son-in­law of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, in con­nec­tion with its probe into al­leged “com­mis­sions re­ceived by some sus­pects in de­fence deals” and il­le­gal as­sets stashed abroad, of­fi­cials said.

This is for the first time that Vadra’s as­so­ciates have been linked to al­leged com­mis­sions re­ceived in de­fence deals by the En­force­ment Direc­torate.

The raids that be­gan around 12 noon were car­ried out at mul­ti­ple premises in Del­hiNCR and Bengaluru, they said.

“The searches were car­ried out at the premises of two

em­ploy­ees of firms linked to Vadra and an­other per­son. These peo­ple are sus­pected to have re­ceived com­mis­sions out of a de­fence deal and they sub­se­quently in­vested these funds to pro­cure il­le­gal as­sets abroad,” ED sources claimed.

They said they have some “fresh ev­i­dence” to take ac­tion.

They, how­ever, did not dis­close the names of the peo­ple whose premises were searched or the de­fence deal un­der their scan­ner stat­ing that the “search ac­tion was on­go­ing”. The raids come three days af­ter the CBI ex­tra­dited Chris­tian James Michael, the al­leged mid­dle­man in Rs 3,700 crore Agus­taWest­land VVIP chop­per deal. The Congress party also re­acted sharply on the ED’s ac­tion and said an “un­nerved” Modi Gov­ern­ment was un­leash­ing “vendetta” against party chief Rahul Gandhi’s broth­erin-law to di­vert the nar­ra­tive. ED OF­FI­CIALS DIDN’T SHOW ANY SEARCH WAR­RANT, SAYS VADRA’S LAWYER: ROBERT Vadra’s lawyer on Fri­day said En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) teams that raided the premises of three peo­ple linked to his client did not show any search war­rant. “They did not show any search war­rant, broke the locks and now pre­vent­ing peo­ple from com­ing out,” Vadra’s lawyer Su­man Khetan said. He said that ED of­fi­cials ques­tioned Vadra’s as­so­ciates and al­leged that “false ev­i­dence” could be planted dur­ing the search.

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