Robert Vadra. (PTI)
Robert Vadra. (PTI)

Blow to Robert Vadra as ED attaches assets in Bikaner land case

  • The attached assets, worth 4.43 crore, are owned by Robert Vadra’s company Sky Light Hospitality
  • Sky Light Hospitality had bought land in Bikaner at a very low price and sold it at high premium through illegal transactions

New Delhi: In a blow to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law, the enforcement directorate (ED) on Friday attached Robert Vadra’s assets worth 4.62 crore in the Bikaner land case.

The attached assets include movable assets amounting to 18.59 lakh—pertaining to four individuals—and immovable property at 268, Sukhdev Vihar, New Delhi, worth 4.43 crore, owned by Vadra’s company Sky Light Hospitality.

The Congress could not be immediately reached for a comment.

Vadra had on Wednesday appeared before the ED at its zonal office in Jaipur for the second consecutive day for questioning on an alleged land scam in Bikaner district.

On Tuesday, too, Vadra and his mother Maureen had appeared before the ED in Jaipur in a money laundering case. Congress general secretary and his wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accompanied them to the probe agency’s office.

“Not understanding the lows of this vindictive government to be harassing a senior citizen," Vadra said on Tuesday, hitting out at the probe agency for summoning his mother.

Maureen Vadra was allowed to leave after some time, while her son was questioned for nearly nine hours.

The Rajasthan high court had asked Vadra and his mother to cooperate with the ED after they approached it seeking directions that no coercive action should be taken against them by the agency. Following this they appeared before the ED in Jaipur.

While the ED had summoned Vadra earlier in the case, he had not appeared before the agency.

In September 2015, the ED registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), alleging that Vadra-owned Sky Light Hospitality had bought a piece of land in Kolayat, Bikaner, at a very low price and sold it at an extremely high premium through illegal transactions.

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