Businessman Robert Vadra Wednesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the alleged money laundering case related to properties in the UK.
Sources said that Vadra reached the agency’s office at Jamnagar House in central Delhi at about 10:30 AM along with his lawyers. He had skipped the summons Tuesday, citing bad health.
The agency had reported to the court that it has received information about various new properties in London which belong to Vadra. These include two houses, one worth 5 million GBP and the other valued at 4 million GBP, six other flats and more properties.
Vadra has denied the allegations of possessing illegal foreign assets and termed them a political witch hunt against him. He said he was being “hounded and harassed” to subserve political ends.
Vadra has scheduled appearances before the investigating officer (IO) of the case in a criminal complaint related to allegations of money laundering to purchase assets abroad.
The ED has questioned Vadra for 23 hours over three days of deposition earlier this month. The case relates to a property in London located at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million GBP (British pounds), which the ED alleges is linked to Vadra.
His statements are being recorded under Section 50 (powers of authorities regarding summons, production of documents and to give evidence) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
His first appearance before the ED earlier this month acquired political overtones after his wife Priyanka Gandhi, recently appointed Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, accompanied him to the investigating agency’s office.