ED conducts raids at premises linked to Robert Vadra

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday carried out searches at the office of Robert Vadra, son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in an ongoing probe into the 2012 land deal in Kolayat in Rajasthan, official sources said.

According to the reports, the ED also conducted raids at the premises of some close associates of Robert Vadra in Delhi and Bengaluru.

The action came after Vadra ignored fresh summons issued to him late last month.

Reports said, the latest summon was issued to Vadra by the agency but he did not personally appear on November 30 and instead sent his legal representative

“The political witch-hunt carries on unceasingly with government departments clearly operating on an agenda to besmirch my dignity and reputation,” Robert Vadra alleged on Facebook post.

Vadra further said, “on the last occasion they summoned me for documents, my lawyer sat there for three hours and handed over an exhaustive set of documents, yet again. It is indeed strange that I was asked for the very same documents once again even though they had already been furnished over the last few years.”

The ED has been probing an alleged scam in the purchase of land in Kolayat area in Bikaner district, Rajasthan.

As per the ED officials, Skylight Hospitality purchased 69.55 hectares of land for Rs 72 lakh and then sold it to Allegeny Finlease for Rs 5.15 crore, earning a profit of Rs 4.43 crore.

“Sure shot defeat in 5 States unnerves Modi Govt to again use the old tools – unleash revenge & vendetta against Mr. Robert Vadra to divert the narrative. Such cowardice & intimidation will not subjugate either the Congress Party or the will of people,” Congress party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said on Twitter.