Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi addressing the press conference here on Saturday
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi addressing the press conference here on Saturday

Cong terms ED raids on Vadra associates as BJP's 'dirty, malicious tricks'

ANI | Updated: Dec 08, 2018 19:30 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec 08 (ANI): The Congress party on Saturday termed the raids of ED on the properties of close associates of Robert Vadra as ‘dirty and malicious tricks’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre.

Addressing a press conference here, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that faced with an imminent loss in all five states where assembly elections were held recently, Singhvi said, “The Modi government is back to its dirty tricks and malicious tactics.”

It is worth mentioning that Robert Vadra, son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, has been on the radar of Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly committing irregularities ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014.                

“The tools being employed by the Modi government to hide its massive failures are mudslinging, muckraking and hatchet jobs by the ‘dirty tricks department’ - the CBI and the ED, to smear opposition leaders,” he said.

“The illegal raids on the premises of Robert Vadra and his associates is another episode of these concerted conspiracies, blind vendetta acts and web of lies to target the Congress party,” Singhvi added.

He further stated that while all constitutional, legal and administrative norms “are being thrown into a dustbin,” the Central government organisations like CBI, ED and Income Tax Department are “acting as slaves and bonded labour,” which are “dancing to the tune of” Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Meanwhile, another Congress leader and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal asked, "What kind of government is it? If law enforcement agencies start hooliganism then who will question them? If they are supported by the Prime Minister, who will question it? Where is the law and order in the country?"

He added, "The people in power especially the Prime Minister is thinking that the exit polls are right and are scared. People in opposition are being targeted by sending the IT and the ED. I want to ask Modi ji rather blame him why such things are happening in his rule. There was no FIR, ECIR against Vadra Ji and people of the Enforcement Directorate reached his offices without any warrant. They don't say their names and when asked to wait by the people in the office to get keys to the office, they broke into the office."

The ED had conducted raids in the premises of a number of Vadra’s close associates for allegedly receiving money from defence suppliers, sources confirmed. The raids were conducted at several locations in Bengaluru and the national capital.

In Vadra’s defence, Singhvi said that that the businessman has adhered to all summons and notices issued by every agency for several years and has supplied every document he was asked to produce.

While elaborating the alleged ‘illegality’ of ED raids, saying that they did not have the prerequisite warrants and harassed a number of employees, Singhvi accused Prime Minister Modi-led government of having “run roughshod over the fundamental rights of private citizens that have no dealings with Robert Vadra or his businesses.” (ANI)

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