Robert Vadra appears before ED, statement to be recorded

PTI

File Photo: Robert Vadra appears before ED

File Photo: Robert Vadra appears before ED

Robert Vadra appeared before the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday in connection with a money laundering case linked to purchase of alleged illegal assets abroad, officials said. He had skipped the summons on May 31, citing bad health.

Vadra was investigated for about five hours last Thursday when the investigating officer of the case recorded his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Vadra’s comment on his health came as a Delhi court on Monday allowed him to travel abroad for six weeks for a checkup and obtain a second opinion on his ailment.

Vadra has appeared before the ED multiple times in connection with this case as also in an another criminal money laundering case related to alleged irregularities of land allotment in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district.

In this case, the businessman has appeared for the 11th time while in the Bikaner case he has deposed twice before the ED at its Jaipur office.

The agency recently sought cancellation of the anticipatory bail given to Vadra and had also opposed his plea for foreign travel.

The ED had maintained in courts that it required Vadra’s custody as he was not cooperating with the investigation.

The ED case against Vadra relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property which is allegedly owned by him.

The agency had told a Delhi court that it has received information about various new properties in London which belong to Vadra. These include two houses, one worth 5 million GBP and the other valued at 4 million GBP, six other flats and more properties.

(PTI)