Robert Vadra appears before ED for third day; questioning focused on arms dealer link

New Delhi: Businessman and Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra on Saturday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the third time in connection with money laundering case and illegal foreign assets cases.

Investigators on Saturday reportedly focused on his links with controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. Vadra, who says he is being targetted for political reasons, has been asked about properties worth around 12 million pounds in London that allegedly belong to him. He has also asked about the key persons involved in the case – including Sanjay Bhandari and his relative, and two others.

Vadra arrived at the agency’s office at Jamnagar House in Central Delhi at about 10.45 am. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra – who dropped him off at the ED office on Wednesday and on Thursday, came to pick him up – is expected to attend a meeting at the party office today. Earlier in the day, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also visited Vadra’s residence.

The case involves allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property located at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million pounds.

On Thursday, the investigators questioned showed Vadra some e-mails allegedly between him and Sumit Chadha, the London-based relative of Sanjay Bhandari. In the mails, as per media, Sumit Chadha purportedly asked for reimbursement for the renovations made at a mansion at 12 Bryanston Square in London.

A response, purportedly from Vadra, read “Will look into it in the morning and let Manoj sort it out”. However, the media reports refrained from verifyuing the authenticity of the e-mails.

As per reports, Manoj, referred to in the e-mail, is Manoj Arora, a former employee of Skylight Hospitality –a firm linked to Vadra. The money-laundering case was initially filed against him.