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Money-laundering case: Robert Vadra at ED office, is being questioned by 7-man team

File photo: Robert Vadra inside the Enforcement Directorate office. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 06, 2019, 03.49 PM (IST)

Robert Vadra arrived at the Delhi offices of the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday to be questioned in connection with a money-laundering case. the case relates to the alleged possession of illegal foreign assets.

Vadra was dropped at the ED office by his wife Priyanka Gandhi, who left soon after. Priyanka was recently appointed Congress general secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh. 

Vadra entered the ED office at about 3:47 pm — a team of his lawyers arrived a few minutes before him. 

ANI reported that Vadra was being questioned by a team of seven ED officers. ANI reported the ED team was led by a joint director and included the deputy director and five others. 

Vadra had been directed to appear before the ED by a Delhi court after he petitioned it for anticipatory bail.

The money-laundering case relates to the purchase, allegedly by Vadra, of a London-based property worth 1.9 million pounds. 

This is the first time that Vadra — Congress president Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law — is appearing before a probe agency in connection with alleged criminal charges of dubious financial dealings.

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A Delhi court had earlier granted Vadra interim bail till February 16. Vadra had moved the Supreme Court on February 1, again seeking anticipatory bail.

The ED had carried out raids in connection with the case in December last year and grilled his aide Manoj Arora, an employee of a firm linked to Vadra, Skylight Hospitality LLP.

Vadra has also been directed by the Rajasthan High Court to appear before the ED on February 12 in connection with another money-laundering case being probed by the agency.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Vadra entered the ED office at about 3:47 pm; a team of his lawyers arrived a few minutes before him. He was dropped off by his wife Priyanka Gandhi.