New Delhi: The Delhi High court on Monday issued notice to Robert Vadra on an Enforcement Directorate (ED) plea seeking cancellation of an anticipatory bail granted to him in a money laundering case. The high court also sought response from Manoj Arora, an employee of Vadra's Skylight Hospitality LLP and a co-accused in the case.
The next date of hearing is on 17 July.
Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is facing allegations of money laundering in purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million pounds.
“This is the case of complaint, we need his custody to reach the truth. The property is purchased at his insistence and the renovations are made by him in it," the counsel for ED said. The probe agency was represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and DP Singh.
The agency had approached the Delhi High Court on Friday seeking the cancellation of the bail granted to Vadra by a trial court in a money laundering case. The ED, in its plea, had said the protection granted to Vadra would be detrimental to the investigation and that it was necessary to cancel the bail to unearth the entire source of credit used to purchase properties.
While 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 prior permission and also to join the investigation as and when called by the investigating officer.
In his bail application, Vadra had alleged that he was being subjected to "unwarranted, unjustified and malicious criminal prosecution which on the face of it is completely politically motivated and is being carried out for reasons other than those prescribed under law".