ED: Searches on Vadra aides not il­le­gal, as per pro­ce­dure

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

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