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Robert Vadra, mother Maureen appear before ED officials in Jaipur

Robert Vadra (Photo: Facebook)
Robert Vadra (Photo: Facebook)
Businessman Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, and his mother Maureen Vadra appeared before officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here in connection with its investigations into an alleged land scam in Bikaner district of Rajasthan.
 
Vadra and his mother had arrived in Jaipur yesterday afternoon. They were joined late in the evening by his wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the sister of Rahul Gandhi, who flew in from Lucknow, where she had made her debut in active politics with a massive roadshow earlier in the day.
 
Ms. Vadra accompanied her husband and mother-in-law to the ED's office before leaving the city, just as she had done when he had made his first appearance before ED officials in Delhi last week in another case related to alleged money laundering.
 
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 had 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.
 
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Earlier this morning, before reaching the ED office here, Vadra posted a picture of himself with his mother and alleged that the Government was being vindictive by harassing a senior citizen.
 
"So here we are my 75 year old mother n me in Jaipur to depose in front of the Enforcement Directorate. Not understanding the lows of this vindictive government to be harassing a senior citizen, who the world knows has lost her daughter in a car crash, her ailing son to diabetes, and her husband as well. Three deaths n all I did was to ask her to spend time with me in my office, so I can look after her and we both could grieve on our losses, while spending time together. 
 
"Now she is being accused, maligned and called to be interrogated, for spending time in my office. Since I have already been interrogated for 3 days in Delhi’ headquarters, of the Enforcement Directorate. If there was any issue or any illegality, which was found by government, why did it take them 4 years n 8 months, to call me a month before campaigning begins for the General elections. Do they think people in India do not view it as an election gimmick ?! As I always have adhered to rules and overall being a disciplined person, I have the ability to sustain any amount of hours of questioning and having nothing to hide, I will answer every question with respect n dignity.
 
"This too shall pass and will make me stronger.  What goes around comes around. God is with us !!" he said.
 
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