CBI Court Extends Vadra’s Interim Bail, Asks Him to Join Probe

ED told the court that Robert Vadra’s custodial interrogation is required in money laundering case.

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Robert Vadra arrives to appear before ED for questioning in a money laundering case. Priyanka Gandhi is seen seated beside him. 

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court has extended Robert Vadra's interim bail in a money laundering case till 25 March. The court has directed Vadra to join the investigation.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) told the court Robert Vadra's custodial interrogation is required in money laundering case, reported PTI.

The court had earlier extended his interim bail on 16 February till 19 March in the money laundering case being probed in Delhi.

Vadra’s ‘Illegal Assets’ Purchase Under Scanner

Vadra was previously questioned by the ED on 8 March for about seven hours in connection with a money laundering case related to the purchase of alleged illegal assets abroad.

They said the businessman was grilled the entire day after he appeared before the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case at the agency's office at Jamnagar House in central Delhi.

Vadra has been questioned in this case multiple times in the past. He has also deposed before the agency in Jaipur where a separate money laundering case is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

His legal team has denied the charge and said he was ready to come for questioning as and when called.

Why is Vadra Being Probed?

The ED case against Vadra relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property, located at 12, Bryanston Square, and worth 1.9 million pounds, which is allegedly owned by the businessman in a "benami" way.

Vadra has denied the allegation of possessing illegal foreign assets and termed it a political witch-hunt against him. He has said he is being "hounded and harassed" to serve political ends.

His first appearance before the ED last month had acquired political overtones after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, his wife and Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, had accompanied him to the investigating agency's office and picked him up after questioning another time.

Vadra had also deposed before the ED twice in Jaipur in connection with another money-laundering case related to an alleged land scam in Bikaner.

(With inputs from PTI)

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