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Vadra, mother reach Jaipur to appear before ED in Bikaner land deal case

Robert Vadra (Photo: Facebook)
Robert Vadra (Photo: Facebook)
Businessman Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, arrived here today along with his mother Maureen to appear before officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with their investigations into an alleged land scam in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
 
Vadra, 50, was grilled by ED officials in Delhi for long hours on three days last week in connection with a case of money laundering, in which he is alleged to own illegal properties in London bought with amounts received as kickbacks in defence and petroleum deals during the tenure of the previous Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.
 
Rajasthan High Court had asked Vadra and his mother to cooperate with the ED in the Bikaner case after they had approached it to ensure that no coercive action was taken against them by the agency.
 
In the money-laundering case, Vadra has been granted anticipatory bail until February 16 by a Delhi court.
 
The ED has registered a criminal case in connection with the Bikaner land deals in 2015 on the basis of FIRs and chargesheets filed by the Rajasthan Police. The tehsildar of the area had filed a complaint about alleged forgery in the allotment of land in the area.
 
Sources said Vadra will be questioned about the role of one of his firms which had reportedly purchased land in the area.
 
Vadra flew to Jaipur with his mother even as his wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, made her debut today in full-time active politics with a massive roadshow in Lucknow, along with Rahul Gandhi and senior party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia.
 
Ms. Vadra and Mr. Scindia have been appointed as the General Secretaries of the party in charge of Uttar Pradesh East and Uttar Pradesh West, respectively.
 
"My Best wishes to you P, on your new journey of working in Uttar Pradesh and serving the people of India," Vadra said in a message on his Facebook page.
 
"You have been my best friend, a perfect wife and the best mother to our Children. 
 
"There is a very Vindictive and vicious political atmosphere... But I know, it’s her duty to serve the people and Now we hand her to the people of India. Please keep her safe," he added.
 
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