A Delhi court on Saturday granted interim relief to businessman and husband of Priyanka Gandhi, Robert Vadra, in his anticipatory bail plea. The court in Delhi said that Vadra can’t be arrested till 16 February in a money laundering case, filed by the Enforcement Directorate.
Special judge Arvind Kumar, however, directed Vadra to appear before the ED on February 6 and cooperate in the investigation, reported Livelaw website.
Vadra had sought anticipatory bail in the money laundering case in which his close aide Manoj Arora was granted interim protection from arrest till 6 February.
A report by news agency PTI said that during the hearing, special public prosecutor D P Singh and advocate Nitesh Rana, appearing for the ED, opposed Vadra’s anticipatory bail and claimed that he had got kickbacks in a petroleum deal in 2009. The ED is believed to have received information about various new properties in London belonging to Vadra including two houses of 5 and 4 million pounds each, 6 other flats and more properties.
The case relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property, located at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds, which is allegedly owned by Vadra.
Vadra moving a court in Delhi for protection from arrest comes just days after his wife Priyanka Gandhi, the sister of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, made a formal entry into politics. She was named as the AICC General Secretary in-charge of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, which has several high profile parliamentary seats including the constituency of Prime Minister Naredra Modi in Varanasi.
The Congress has termed the ED action against Vadra as an act of political vendetta. Vadra, for his part, too has said that he was being targeted and being subjected to false prosecution which has a colour of political witch-hunt adding that he was a law abiding citizen.