Like seasons, politics is also cyclical, Cong warns officials
Accuses BJP Of Political Vendetta In Vadra Probe Searches on aides were not illegal: ED
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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