New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted two weeks’ time to Robert Vadra to file a reply on a plea by Enforcement Directorate (ED) to cancel his anticipatory bail in a money laundering case. Vadra had sought more time to respond as he was abroad when the notice on ED’s plea was issued and had returned on 11 July.
The next date of hearing is on 26 September.
The high court had on 27 May issued notice to Vadra on the ED’s plea and also sought response from Manoj Arora, an employee of Vadra's Skylight Hospitality LLP and a co-accused in the money laundering case.
Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is facing allegations of money laundering in purchase of a London-based property 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 had said.
The agency had approached the Delhi High Court 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 whenever required.
However, the Rouse Avenue court on 3 June allowed Vadra to travel abroad for six weeks to the Netherlands and the US on the condition that he will submit his address and contact details.