Robert Vadra Money Laundering Case
ROBERT VADRA MONEY LAUNDERING CASE Robert Vadra an Indian Business man, entrepreneur son-in-law of former congress president Sonia Gandhi and husband of Priyanka Gandhi. Enforcement directorate case against Robert Vadra was related to money Laundering in purchase of a London-based property located at 12,Bryanston square worth 1.9 million pounds, which is allegedly owned by him.
CASE SUMMARY: Enforcement Directorate had filed a case in February 2017 against abscounding armed dealer Sanjay Bhandari for obstensive possession of undisclosed assets and for money laundering. The prosecution complaint and file the chargesheet under Prevention of Money Laundering Act . On futher examination and investigation the agency found links of Sanjay Bhandari and Robert Vadra to a property at London worth 1.9 million pounds, about which they exchanged mails which is a matter of proof in the case. It is suspected that the purchase of the anonymous properties in London supposedly for Vadra was done via Sanjay Bhandari. Mr. Bhandari bought the property in 2008, using the funds raised by government for deal between State-run oil & Natural Gas and Samsung engineering, when UPA government was in power. Then he sold the same property to Vadra at the same cost, so directly or indirectly Robert Vadra was the ultimate beneficiary.
LOWER COURT: ED was following Vadra since a long time and this money laundering case quizzed Vadra for the ongoing probe. They filed a chargesheet against Robert Vadra in Patiala house court and claimed that he had relationship with Bhandari Land dealings.The agency interrogated Vadra for hours about the property but the results was not native, Vadra didn’t uphold and denied all the allegation and named it a political conspiracy. Anyhow Vadra managed to get the Judgement in his favour, and the Patiala House court granted his bail.
HIGH COURT: The Enforcement Directorate challenged the court orders and went to Delhi High Court. The agency had told Delhi court that it has received information about various new properties in London which belong to Vadra. These include two houses, one worth 5 million pounds and the other valued at 4 million pounds, 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. Mr.Vadra filed petition at the High Court for the dismissal of the case against him. He pleads the court for the permission to travel to Spain. The probe agency requested the court to cancel the bail of Mr.Vadra and told the court that letting Vadra travel to spain and other abroad countries would hamper the investigation and the suspect that the accused may try to influence the witnesses and destroy evidences of the case.
The case is still in process and to be continued in the next hearing.