In Bikaner land scam case, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Robert Vadra on Tuesday reached the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Jaipur. To accompany her husband, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra landed in Jaipur on Monday night. Vadra was summoned for interrogation in connection with an alleged land scam in Bikaner of Rajasthan.
He was already in Jaipur when Priyanka landed. Along with his mother Maureen Vadra, he had reached Jaipur on Monday afternoon. Under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Vadra and his mother's statements shall be recorded. The alleged scam relates to 275 acres of land in the Kolayat sub-division of Bikaner district. According to sources, he will have to answer 55 questions as being drafted by the Directorate.
1:00 pm: Vadra's lawyers gives clarification through a letter to the ED.
12:45 pm: Officers from Delhi question Vadra showing some documents.
12:22 pm: Maureen Vadra departs for hotel.
12:15 pm: ED starts second round of questioning.
12:12 pm: ED officers from Delhi question Maureen Vadra.
11:40 am: Vadra's lawyers submits some more documents to the ED.
11:30 am: ED questions Robert Vadra.
11:05 am: Robert Vadra asks ED to question his mother first.
10:55 am: Vadra's lawyers submit some documents to the ED.
10:45 am: ED starts questioning Vadra and his mother.
10:30 am: Priyanka Gandhi departs from ED office.
10:26 am: Robert Vadra, his mother Maureen reach ED office in Jaipur. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accompanies them.
10:20 am: Robert Vadra, Priyanka Gandhi and Maureen Vadra departs from hotel.
Rajasthan: Robert Vadra and his mother Maureen arrive at ED office in Jaipur for questioning in connection with Bikaner land case probe. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also with them pic.twitter.com/ZBT6S1UBAY— ANI (@ANI) February 12, 2019
Vadra, last week in Delhi, was subjected to intense interrogation by the ED in connection with a money laundering probe against him for his alleged role in procuring assets abroad in an illegal manner.
The fresh summon by the ED comes after the Rajasthan High Court directed Vadra and his mother to cooperate with the ED, as Vadra did not report to the agency even after being sent three summons in the land scam case earlier.
A criminal case was registered by the ED in connection with the Bikaner land deal made in 2015 after studying FIRs and charge-sheets filed by the Rajasthan Police on complaints made by the Bikaner tehsil office about alleged forgery in the land allotment.
The ED, sources said, shall question Vadra about Skylight Hospitality Pvt Ltd, a firm allegedly connected to him, which purchased the said land in the area.
(With IANS inputs)