Like sea­sons, pol­i­tics is also cycli­cal, Cong warns of­fi­cials

Ac­cuses BJP Of Po­lit­i­cal Vendetta In Vadra Probe Searches on aides were not il­le­gal: ED

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

New Delhi: With the En­force­ment Direc­torate in­ten­si­fy­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged cor­rup­tion charges sur­round­ing Congress leader So­nia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, Congress on Satur­day warned of­fi­cials of lead­ing in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies that pol­i­tics, like the sea­sons, changes.

Congress, which has claimed po­lit­i­cal vendetta in the probe into Vadra, asked of­fi­cials not to work like ‘slaves’ of po­lit­i­cal mas­ters even as the ED is­sued a state­ment say­ing the raids were based on war­rants and fol­lowed from two FIRs reg­is­tered in cases re­lat­ing to the busi­ness­man’s deal­ings.

Even as ED fol­lowed up on searches on premises linked to Vadra, Congress spokesper­son Ab­hishek Singhvi said, “Sea­sons change. Pol­i­tics is also cycli­cal. The of­fi­cers head­ing th­ese agen­cies should re­mem­ber that noth­ing is per­ma­nent. They can­not run be­have like slaves. The first change will be for all to see on De­cem­ber 11. The sec­ond change in sea­son will be wit­nessed next year.” Singhvi later clar­i­fied that his state­ment should not be seen as a warn­ing to of­fi­cials. He also said Congress only wanted that law be fol­lowed in let­ter and spirit. The com­ments came a day af­ter exit polls pre­dicted gains for Congress in five poll-bound states, re­sults to which will be de­clared on De­cem­ber 11.

Ac­cus­ing PM Modi of lord­ing over a ‘crime ca­bal’ and us­ing agen­cies to un­leash “il­le­gal” raids on Vadra and his as­so­ci­ates, Sibal also al­leged the coun­try is star­ing at a “con­sti­tu­tional fail­ure” as en­ti­ties re­spon­si­ble for up­hold­ing the law were mis­us­ing it. “I am not only sug­gest­ing this, but it is my charge that PM and PMO is us­ing th­ese agen­cies for po­lit­i­cal vendetta and to be­smirch the names of peo­ple who are liv­ing with dig­nity in this coun­try.” New Delhi: Re­fut­ing Congress charges that En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) searches on Robert Vadra as­so­ci­ates were il­le­gal, the agency on Satur­day said that the direc­torate con­ducted all searches as per the pre­scribed pro­ce­dure and doc­u­ments and dig­i­tal ev­i­dence seized dur­ing th­ese searches are be­ing ex­am­ined.

Ac­cord­ing to agen­cies, the cen­tral probe agency ques­tioned at least four per­sons on the ev­i­dence re­cov­ered un­der the Pre­ven­tion of Money Laun­der­ing Act (PMLA).

“The direc­torate has car­ried out search op­er­a­tions on De­cem­ber 7 un­der PMLAat a num­ber of premises in Delhi-NCR and Ben­galuru by is­sue of search war­rants un­der sec­tion 17 of PMLA,” a se­nior En­force­ment Direc­torate of­fi­cial said.

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