ED raids on peo­ple linked to Vadra an act of vendetta: Congress

DIRTY TRICKS: Congress says Modi govt us­ing CBI, ED to smear op­po­si­tion lead­ers

Oman Daily Observer - - INDIA -

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Satur­day termed the En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) searches at the premises of some per­sons linked to Congress Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra as “blind vendetta” to set­tle political scores.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence at the party head­quar­ters here, Congress Ra­jya Sabha MP Ab­hishek Manu Singhvi said: “Fac­ing a com­plete rout in the As­sem­bly elec­tions in the five states, the Modi gov­ern­ment is back to its dirty tricks and ma­li­cious tac­tics.”

Tar­get­ing the Bharatiya Janata Party (Bjp)-led Cen­tral gov­ern­ment, he said the Modi gov­ern­ment’s mask of anti-cor­rup­tion cru­sader lies in sham­bles with suc­ces­sive scams get­ting un­cov­ered over the last 54 months and zero ac­tion against fraud­sters.

“In­stead, the only tool which is be­ing em­ployed by the Modi gov­ern­ment to hide its mas­sive fail­ures are mud­sling­ing, muck­rak­ing and hatchet jobs by the dirty tricks depart­ment i.e. CBI or ED, to smear op­po­si­tion lead­ers,” he said.

He said the il­le­gal raids on the premises of Vadra and his as­so­ciates is an­other episode of these “con­certed con­spir­a­cies, blind vendetta acts and web of lies” to tar­get the Congress.

His re­marks came a day af­ter the fi­nan­cial probe agency on Fri­day car­ried out searches at the premises of some per­sons linked to the firms of Vadra in con­nec­tion with al­leged com­mis­sions re­ceived by some peo­ple in de­fence deals. The searches were also car­ried out at the of­fice of Sky­light Hos­pi­tal­ity in Sukhdev Vi­har area of south Delhi.

Slam­ming the gov­ern­ment, the Congress leader said: “All con­sti­tu­tional, le­gal and ad­min­is­tra­tive norms are be­ing thrown into a dust­bin to tar­get and tar­nish an in­di­vid­ual for sheer and petty political rea­sons.

He said the Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, ED and In­come Tax de­part­ments are act­ing as “slaves and bonded labours” danc­ing to the tunes of Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi.

Ac­cus­ing the BJP of vil­i­fy­ing Vadra, Singhvi said: “In last 54 months, Modi gov­ern­ment has let loose a crim­i­nal con­spir­acy to vil­ify, den­i­grate and ma­lign Vadra to set­tle political scores.” “As all else failed, Modi gov­ern­ment has un­leashed all its agencies in­clud­ing ED, CBI and In­come Tax to vic­tim­ize Vadra in an ut­terly malafide man­ner,” he said.

He also al­leged that the ED of­fi­cers who raided the premises of Vadra’s of­fice and peo­ple linked to him had a sin­gle line brief to “flout all norms and harass”.

“Yes­ter­day, in a brazen af­front to the rule of law and to the Con­sti­tu­tion, on the polling day, of­fi­cers of ED from Jaipur and Delhi raided the of­fice of Vadra at Sukhdev Vi­har, New Delhi,” Singhvi said, ad­ding that it con­tin­ued till Satur­day 4.30 am. — IANS

Ab­hishek Manu

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