NEW DELHI :
The Delhi high court on Thursday dismissed Robert Vadra’s plea for direction to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) not to take any coercive action against him in a case of money laundering.
Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The case is being probed under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The reason for dismissal is that Vadra withdrew his application as he was already granted anticipatory bail by the special court. Granting bail on a personal bond of ₹5 lakh and a surety of the same amount, the trial court had directed Vadra not to leave the country without permission and also to join the investigation whenever required.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday had granted an additional two weeks’ time to Vadra to file a reply on a plea by the ED to cancel his anticipatory bail in a money laundering case. The ED had moved the Delhi High court in May against the anticipatory bail granted to Vadra.
The court was today informed by the central government standing counsel Amit Mahajan that they had filed their response on the issue of maintainability of Vadra's petition. The court granted time to Vadra to file his rejoinder to the agency’s reply. The next date of hearing is on August 21.
The application was filed on a pending petition in which Vadra sought quashing of the case on the grounds that multiple investigations were launched in "abuse of statutory power of investigation and therefore second or successive FIRs filed in connection with the same or connected cognizable offence alleged to have been committed in the course of the same transaction pursuant to the first FIR is liable to be quashed" as reported by PTI.