Businessman Robert Vadra (File Photo)
Businessman Robert Vadra (File Photo)

Custodial interrogation of Robert Vadra needed as he is not cooperating: ED tells court

ANI | Updated: Mar 19, 2019 17:19 IST

New Delhi (India) Mar 19 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday sought the custodial interrogation of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, alleging before a special CBI court here that he is "not cooperating" in the probe into a money laundering case.
"Robert Vadra is not cooperating despite several opportunities and his custodial interrogation is required," the ED submitted in the court of Special Judge Arvind Kumar.
The court was hearing Vadra's petition seeking anticipatory bail in the case.
After the arguments, the judge posted the matter for further hearing to March 25 while extending till then Vadra's interim bail with a direction that he has to cooperate with the agency.
During the proceedings, the ED said that co-accused and Vadra’s close associate Manoj Arora has evaded the process of law in the case which is based on "an independent set of transactions" initiated to  commit the alleged offence,
"It is unfortunate that the petitioner (Vadra) has got involved in political mudslinging. His conduct during the course of investigation raises even more apprehensions that he is a key to unearthing the modus operandi and black money,” the agency said while opposing his plea.
The ED said the offences are "grave" in nature and the legislature has provided for an imprisonment of upto 10 years with a minimum term of 3 years.
Last month, Vadra had filed the anticipatory bail plea in connection with the case, alleging that he is being targeted and subjected to false prosecution which has the colour of political witch hunt. He also said that he is a law-abiding citizen.
Senior advocate KTS Tulsi is representing Vadra while Special Public Prosecutor DP Singh and lawyer Nitesh Rana are appearing for the ED.
Earlier this month, the court had extended till March 19 the interim bail of Vadra. Vadra’s interim bail extension came after he appeared before the ED for questioning in connection with a money laundering case linked to his alleged purchase of a London-based property. (ANI)