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Robert Vadra ED case: Court warns Vadra to remain careful over travelling abroad; accepts apology

Robert Vadra ED case: Special CBI judge Neelofer Abida Perveen said the applicant is warned to remain careful in the future. The show cause notice stands accordingly discharged.

Vani Mehrotra Edited By: Vani Mehrotra @vani_mehrotra New Delhi Published on: September 25, 2022 7:27 IST
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Highlights

  • Vadra was granted permission to travel to the UK via Dubai, Italy and Spain on August 12, 2022
  • It was stated that the Vadra had to stay in Dubai due to medical exigency
  • He was also issued a show cause notice to explain why not his FDR be forfeited over violations

Robert Vadra ED case: Robert Vadra's unconditional apology was accepted by a CBI court at Rouse Avenue complex for violating the terms and conditions of permission to travel abroad. The court also warned him to be careful in the future. 

The businessman was granted permission to travel to the UK via Dubai, Italy and Spain on August 12, 2022. It was stated that the Vadra had to stay in Dubai due to medical exigency.

The court also discharged the show cause notice issued to Vadra. He was issued a show cause notice to explain why not his FDR be forfeited for the violation of the condition.

The notice was issued to him for his stay in Dubai. While issuing notice, the court had expressed its displeasure on the violation.

The developments were confirmed by special CBI judge Neelofer Abida Perveen, who said, "The applicant has tendered an unqualified and unconditional apology for the lapse which is accepted in the circumstances noted above, however, the applicant is warned to remain careful in future. The show cause notice stand accordingly discharged."

The applicant has shown sufficient cause and satisfactory explanation for the four days stop over at UAE, the compliance report is taken on record. As the applicant has returned to the country in terms of the permission granted, the FDR deposited on August 22, 2022, is ordered to be released in terms of the authorization letter filed with the application in favour of Shambhu Prasad upon due identification and against receipt, the CBI judge said in the order of September 24.

The court observed, "Though the omission in seeking modification of the order of August 12, 2022, cannot be condoned as such however from the contents of the affidavit I am satisfied that the mission is not intentional the explanation is not an afterthought and conduct of the applicant does not lack in bona fides and good faith."

"It was submitted on behalf of Robert Vadra that a mistake has occurred in as much as an amended application seeking permission to stay over at Dubai for four days during the trip to the UK pursuant to permission granted by this Hon'ble Court to travel abroad was required to be filed and that it is deeply regretted that out of inadvertence the same was not filed, however, the conduct of the applicant throughout has been nothing less than bonafide."

"It was also submitted that this buffer of a brief stay in Dubai was necessitated in the wake of the sudden medical emergency and that the itinerary and travel tickets were duly filed disclosing the break in journey, that the applicant would have adhered to any and every direction in the event that a query had been raised to the itinerary depicting 4 days break in the journey and would have filed amended itinerary. That it is under such circumstances that a purely bonafide mistake has occurred, and for the same, the applicant has also tendered an unconditional and unequivocal apology."

Vadra had filed an affidavit on his UK visit

An affidavit was filed on behalf of Vadra stating that in pursuance to the order of August 12, 2022, he left for the UK on August 25, 2022, via UAE and returned to India on September 8, 2022, within the stipulated period.

It was also stated that he stayed in UAE before embarking on his further journey because he had DeepVein Thrombosis (DVT) in his left leg and he had been advised to take proper rest between long-haul flights, and during the said trip, since there was inflammation and pain in his left leg, he had to stop and seek medical advice in Dubai on August 27, 2022.

 
The facilitation Centre is meant for medical emergencies of travellers in Dubai where he was advised for further medical treatment in this respect.

The Enforcement Directorate alleged that the violation is deliberate and intentional and the applicant has tried to circumvent the order of the Court, for the Directorate, as is duly noted in the order of August 12, 2022, had opposed the permission sought to travel to UAE as well as the UK.

The court noted that the record also reflects that copy of itinerary/travel tickets/places of stay documents submitted with the application on August 22, 2022, was also with the Directorate. 

The Directorate had due notice of the itinerary and the tickets were also on record before the applicant had embarked on the journey, no demurral is recorded at that stage.

Vadra was granted permission to travel to the UK via UAE, to Spain and Italy for four weeks with the direction that the applicant shall restrict his stay in the UK to 10 days and subject to certain terms and conditions.

(With inputs from ANI)

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