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Vadra quizzed by ED officials for third time this week

Robert Vadra (Photo: Facebook)
Robert Vadra (Photo: Facebook)
Businessman Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, was questioned by officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the third time this week in connection with a case of alleged money laundering.
 
Vadra, 50, who was grilled by the agency for about five hours on Wednesday and for about eight hours on Thursday, reported to the ED again around 10.45 am today. 
 
Like the first two sessions, the questioning today also will centre around some properties Vadra allegedly owns in London. He has maintained that he did not own any property in London, directly or indirectly. It has been alleged that the properties were purchased with the proceeds of kickbacks in defence and other deals during the Congress-led UPA government's tenure.
 
Today's interrogation is expected to include follow-up questions on many of his responses during the previous two sessions and is likely to last for several hours, sources indicated. Among other things, he is expected to be confronted with documents and other evidence that the agency has gathered in the course of its investigations in the case. Vadra has also submitted several documents to the agency to buttress his claims of innocence.
 
He is understood to have denied any dealings with absconding arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and his nephew Summit Chadha, key figures in the case.
 
Vadra said another person, Manoj Arora, is a former employee of his but insisted he had no further links with him. He also said that he had not asked Arora to send any e-mail messages to anyone on his behalf. Some messages from Arora were said to form the e-mail trail that links Vadra to the London properties.
 
The businessman had secured anticipatory bail in the case till February 16 from a local court some days ago.
 
Vadra is also expected to appear before ED officials in Jaipur on February 12 in connection with another case of alleged money-laundering related to land deals in Bikaner, Rajasthan. He was directed by the Rajasthan High Court to cooperate with the agency in that case.
 
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