NEW DELHI: Businessman Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, has appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in a money laundering case. He was asked to join investigation by a Delhi court when he had applied for anticipatory bail last week. The court has given him immunity from arrest till February 16. Businessman Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case involving the purchase of a series of properties in the UK. A court has given him immunity from arrest till February 16, but also asked that he join the investigation.
Mr Vadra, who is also the son-in-law of Congress leader and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, has said he is being subjected to "unwarranted, unjustified and malicious criminal prosecution" for political reasons. His wife and Rahul Gandhi's sister, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, recently joined active politics as a general secretary of the Congress.
In a big signal to the BJP, which has been targeting her over the allegations against her husband, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra dropped him off this after at the agency's South Delhi office today. "I stand by my husband," she told NDTV, adding that she wanted to send a "clear message" by her appearance at the ED office.
The case involves nine London-based properties allegedly owned by Mr Vadra. Three of these are villas, the rest luxury flats - all purchased between 2005 and 2010. The agency has also told the court that two of the houses are worth around 9 million pounds (approximately Rs. 83 crore).
"We just want him to come and inform about his properties," the Enforcement Directorate counsel had said in the court.