ED registers money laundering case against Vadra-linked firm

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case arising out of a land grab at Bikaner in Rajasthan involving a firm allegedly linked to Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

According to the ED, a criminal case has been registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, and soon summons will be issued for questioning the accused, including some unknown private entities, involved in it.

According to reports, the ED has taken cognizance of the earlier media reports that had referred to a firm linked to Vadra, which had purchased some of these lands.

The agency did not name Vadra or any company linked to him in the first information report, but it has named some state government officials and some of the land mafias.

Congress general secretary and spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed called it sheer political vendetta.

The Rajasthan government in January this year cancelled the mutation or transfer of land of 374.44 hectares after the land department claimed to have found that the allotments were made in the names of illegal private persons.