Robert Vadra seeks protection from arrest in money laundering case, moves court


Businessman and husband of Priyanka Gandhi, Robert Vadra, on Friday moved a Delhi court seeking anticipatory bail in a money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate.

A lawyer from the prosecution team, according to news agency PTI, had confirmed that Vadra sought anticipatory bail in the case in which his close aide Manoj Arora was granted interim protection from arrest till 6 February.

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.