The Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted searches in at least seven locations in Bikaner in Rajasthan in connection with the money laundering case arising from a land grab case involving a company allegedly linked to Robert Vadra.
ED teams examined documents allegedly related to Vadra’s company, which purchased lands, and also quizzed people, ED spokesperson AK Rawal said on Friday.
The probe is related to the alleged purchase of 275 bigha land by the company of Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in Kolayat area of Bikaner. The officials said the action was taken in order to gather “documents and hard data” from various officials and individuals involved in the case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It is understood that the agency will soon issue summons to some firms and people involved in the case.
The central agency registered a criminal case of money laundering last year on the basis of FIRs filed by state police.
Tehseen Poonawalla, a Congress supporter considered close to Vadra, however, said: “ Mr Robert Vadra does not own an inch of land in Rajasthan. In fact, the Rajasthan police under the present BJP government headed by Smt Vasundra Raje came to the conclusion that Mr Vadra himself was a victim . The investigations being carried on at present pertain to the previous tenure of Smt Raje and let me state authoritatively the raids conducted today have nothing whatsoever to do with Mr. Vadra .”