ED: Searches on Vadra aides not illegal, as per procedure
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 PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) at 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.
The official claimed that the Enforcement Directoratehad conducted these searches in connection with its investigation in certain cases relating to ownership of undisclosed assets abroad.
The ED on Friday conducted searches at six premises in Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru on three close associates of Vadra, son-in-law of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. The searches, according to sources, were in connection with alleged commission received by unnamed accused in defence deals and its further investments in properties in Dubai and London, besides several benami properties in India.