Money laundering case: Vadra skips ED summons, cites bad health

New Delhi: Robert Vadra’s lawyers informed the investigating officer of the money laundering case that he would not be appearing before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today citing bad health. He is said to appear either on Wednesday or on a mutually acceptable date later this week.

The brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and the son-in-law of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi had appeared before the ED on 6, 7 and 9 February in connection with a probe into allegations of money laundering in purchase of assets abroad.

One of the properties allegedly owned by him is said to be worth 1.9 million GBP (British pounds). Various other properties in London belonging to him include two houses, one worth 5 million GBP and the other valued at 4 million GBP, six other flats and more properties.

Vadra has, however, denied the allegations of possessing illegal foreign assets and termed them a political witch hunt against him.  He was questioned for 23 hours over the three days of deposition.

His appearance before the ED acquired political overtones with his wife Priyanka Gandhi, appointed Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, accompanying him to the investigating agency’s office during his earlier visits. She took charge of her new post at the Congress’ national headquarters on Akbar Road after that.

NT Bureau