NEW DELHI: The CBI court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to businessman Robert Vadra and his close aid Manoj Arora in a money laundering case. He had moved the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court for bail in February. He had been granted an interim bail on the prerequisite of cooperation with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for further process of investigation.
Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted the relief to Mr Vadra for a personal bond of ₹5 lakh and a surety of the same amount. The court said that Vadra will not leave the country without prior permission. It also imposed certain conditions on him such as that he shall not tamper with any evidence, influence any witness and to cooperate in further investigations in the case.
On the last date of hearing, Enforcement Directorate (ED) had argued that they have sufficient information in the form of emails and other ample evidence to carry out custodial interrogation. There would be high risk of tampering and severe flight risk if he isn’t put through custodial interrogation. The consequences of Enforcement Directorate(ED)-Economic offences are immense and should not be overlooked. ED had shown displeasure over the non-cooperation by Robert Vadra. Advocate DP Singh is the Special Public Prosecutor in this case.
Robert Vadra’s counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi and KTS Tulsi had argued against the same that the agency(ED) has already carried out rigorous interrogation and has all the emails and documents. They had argued on the basis of the triple test which includes flight risk, tampering with evidence and cooperation.
“Triple test of tampering is legally and factually impossible here, Second test is Cooperation, this is a case of high degree cooperation. I have cooperated in every which way. What is non cooperation here. No legal answer on triple test. None of the triple test satisfied.
There are no merits on passport, land, telephone everything"- Singhvi had said.
Manoj Arora was represented by advocate Tanveer Ahmed Mir.
Vadra’s petition in reference to quashing the ECIR in the present case of money laundering is pending before the Delhi High Court.
Mr Vadra is the brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been facing allegations of money laundering in purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million pounds.