Businessman Robert Vadra, accused in Bikaner land scam deal, on Wednesday said that he would cooperate in the investigation against him and not run away to some other country, adding that the process should be fair and legal.
He also said that his premises were ransacked and that his family is stressed and his mother unwell.
Vadra’s firm Sunlight Hospitality is implicated in a land-scam case in Bikaner, Rajasthan. According to the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Vadra-owned Skylight Hospitality had purchased 69.55 hectares of land for Rs 72 lakh and then sold it to Allegeny Finlease for Rs 5.15 crore, earning a profit of Rs 4.43 crore. The agency registered a criminal case under the Money Laundering Act in 2015, taking cognizance of a case filed by the Rajasthan Police following forgery allegations in the allotment of land in the area, considered sensitive due to its proximity to the Indo-Pak border.
#WATCH: “I haven’t done any wrong. We are not above the law, we are very much with the law. I am an Indian citizen and I am not running away anywhere,” says Robert Vadra on ED raids. pic.twitter.com/nnrvEK4nZs
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On December 7, the ED conducted raids at the Delhi and Bengaluru offices of Vadra’s firm Sunlight Hospitality in connection with alleged commissions received by some suspects in defence deals.
ED officials reached Vadra’s office in South Delhi’s Sukhdev Vihar on Friday evening. Vadra was not present but his team of lawyers met ED officials. They said that the raids were part of a conspiracy to falsely implicate the son-in-law of Congress matriarch Sonia Gandhi.
ED officials clarified that no raids had been conducted on Vadra. “The searches were linked to two employees of Vadra over money-laundering allegations. They are alleged to have acquired assets abroad, allegedly bought using commissions from certain defence deals,” they said.
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Congress Spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi had said that the raids were ‘dirty and malicious tricks’ of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre. Veteran Congress leader Kapil Sibal also accused the ED of hooliganism.
“There was no FIR, ECIR [Enforcement Case Investigation Report] against Vadra Ji and people of Enforcement Directorate reached his offices without any warrant. They don’t say their names and when asked to wait by the people in the office to get keys to the office, they broke into the office,” Sibal had said.
News credit : indiatoday