The Congress on Saturday termed as “vendetta” the Enforcement Directorate’s summons to a company linked to Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of party president Sonia Gandhi.
Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that officials of Skylight Hospitality have visited ED offices numerous times and given necessary documents.
“As part of further vendetta and witch-hunt, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government proceeded to refer the matter to ED. Even ED has not been able to find anything,” he said.
The reaction came after the Rajasthan high court ordered on Friday that the representative of Skylight Hospitality will have to appear before ED, but allowed the presence of his lawyer “at a reasonable distance”. The order came after the company representative had moved the HC challenging the summons issued by the ED to him earlier this year in connection with a land deal in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
Surjewala said the land in question was allotted by the BJP government during its previous tenure under chief minister Vasundhara Raje. That land was sold twice when the BJP was in power and all mutations have been properly entered. Of this land, Skylight bought a small portion.
The lease was finally cancelled as “wrongful allotment” by the current BJP government, also on Raje’s watch, he said.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Whenever there has been an attack on BJP on their misdoings, they just say ‘this has happened’, and ‘that had happened.’ They are enquiring about it (Vadra) for so many years, why are they not able to find anything?.”
The ED had issued the notice to the firm under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The probe is related to the purchase of 275 bigha land allegedly by the company in the Kolayat area of the border town of Bikaner in Rajasthan.