ED searches premises of peo­ple linked to Vadra’s of­fice

Gulf Times - - INDIA -

The En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) yes­ter­day said it searched the premises of some per­sons linked to the firms of Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi, in con­nec­tion with al­leged com­mis­sions re­ceived by some peo­ple in de­fence deals, of­fi­cial sources said.

The sources re­fused to share the de­tails of the de­fence deals.

The source said that the searches were car­ried out at three places in the na­tional cap­i­tal re­gion and in Ben­galuru.

Ac­cord­ing to an ED source, the searches at the Sukhdev Vi­har of­fice of Sky­light Hos­pi­tal­ity be­gan at 11am.

In a state­ment, Vadra’s lawyer Suman Jyoti Khai­tan de­scribed the searches as “pol­i­tics of re­venge and ma­li­cious vendetta”.

“For five years, the present rulers have used ev­ery trick in the book to per­se­cute, to hound and to ma­lign my client, Vadra. Gov­ern­ment has un­leashed all its agen­cies in­clud­ing ED, CBI and In­come Tax to vic­timise Vadra in an ut­terly mala fide man­ner and to harm his rep­u­ta­tion and at­tack his fam­ily mem­bers,” Khai­tan said.

Mean­while, terming the ED “raids” on the premises of Robert Vadra-owned Sky­light Hos­pi­tal­ity as “po­lit­i­cal vendetta”, the Congress yes­ter­day ac­cused Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi of act­ing like a “don” and “per­se­cut­ing and hound­ing ev­ery­one op­posed to him”.

Congress spokesper­son Ran­deep Singh Sur­je­w­ala said Modi was “un­nerved” by the “sure shot de­feat” in Assem­bly polls in Ra­jasthan, Mad­hya Pradesh, Mi­zo­ram, Te­lan­gana and Ch­hat­tis­garh and the raids were aimed at di­vert­ing the nar­ra­tive.

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