Robert Vadra seeks anticipatory bail in London property case

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NEW DELHI: Robert Vadra, husband of Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern UP Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, moved an anticipatory bail plea in a Delhi court on Friday in connection with a money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate.

The case, related to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a 1.9 million pounds property in London, is listed for hearing on Saturday.

Vadra’s move comes close on the heels of the court granting anticipatory bail to his alleged aide Manoj Arora, who is also accused in the case. The court gave Arora interim relief from arrest till February 6 after he told the court that he was ready to join the investigation.

Sources said senior advocate KTS Tulsi would appear for Vadra. Tulsi, assisted by advocate Tanvir Ahmed Mir, had appeared for Arora as well. While arguing for Arora, the lawyers had said, “The election is approaching… (ED) wants to file a case by which it can malign the opposition. I’m willing to appear before them provided that I have protection from coercive action”.

Sources privy to the development told TOI that Vadra was already examined by ED officials in Rajasthan in connection with the same case.

According to sources, Vadra pointed out in his plea that all his firms and authorised representatives had cooperated with the agency till now and he was willing to join the probe whenever summoned. Sources added that Vadra has been asked to appear before ED officials in Rajasthan “in the second week of February”. “Taking into account the politically charged atmosphere, Vadra is apprehending that Delhi ED officials may arrest him,” a source told TOI.