Giving a clear indication that the department is making a move to arrest businessman Robert Vadra, the Enforcement Directorate on Thursday said that it needed to get him in custody in connection with a money laundering case. The agency’s investigation is related to allegations that Vadra, who is Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law, used laundered money to buy real estate in the UK.
Alleging that the “money chain” was linked to Robert Vadra directly, the agency on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that Vadra was being uncooperative in the inquiry. However, Vadra’s counsel said that the businessman had cooperated by appearing for summons. The lawyer said his client had answered questions posed to him and added that “not confessing” to the charges did not mean he was being uncooperative in the investigation.
However, Vadra is in Spain and is expected to return by the month-end. This is his second foreign trip with permission from a special CBI court. He was granted pre-arrest bail on April 1 by the CBI court, which said he must ask for court permission to fly out of the country. The Enforcement Directorate challenged the bail on May 24 and requested the High Court to cancel it. The request was heard first in June, then adjourned to July and later, to today.