The Enforcement Directorate today conducted raids at three locations in National Capital Region (NCR) in connection with the Bikaner land scam case involving a company linked to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.
Officials said that searches were underway on premises of two persons who are said to be close aides of Vadra. They said that the sleuths raided at least three locations in Faridabad.
The agency is looking at collecting and seizing important documents and other possible incriminating evidence in this case and hence, raids are being conducted in the matter, officials said.
The ED had recently attached assets worth Rs 1.18 crore of government officials and others in connection with the case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The case pertains to a land in Kolayat area of Rajasthan's Bikaner district which was meant to be allotted to those displaced due to the army's Mahajan field firing range.
The ED had registered a criminal case under the PMLA in the matter in 2015 taking cognisance of FIRs filed by the state police after the local Tehsildar had complained of alleged forgery.
The agency, in this case, had also issued notices to a firm linked to Vadra. However, it did not mention the name of Vadra or any company linked to him in its FIR filed under the PMLA.
In the FIR, it had named some Rajasthan government officials and the "land mafia". Vadra had denied any wrongdoing even as the Congress had called the action "sheer political vendetta".
With PTI Inputs