ED raids Vadra’s associates
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.