The Congress’ allegations against PM Modi came in response to Tuesday’s attack by the BJP on Robert Vadra and the Congress leadership
In June 2016, The Indian Express reported that Bhandari had admitted that the email trail recovered from his computer was indeed that of messages exchanged between him, Robert Vadra and Vadra’s assistant Manoj Arora.
Reacting to this, Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said Prime Minister Narendra Modi can order any investigation into allegations against Vadra to find out if there was any “wrongdoing”.
“They have a government in Haryana and Rajasthan, and by all means, conduct any investigation that you choose, and come to a conclusion through a free and fair process of law of any wrong doing,” Surjewala said.
“The news reports showed proofs to establish that arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, who was also involved in money laundering, bought air tickets for Vadra. Why an arms dealer bought tickets for Vadra?” said CN Vijay Rupani at a press conference.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was fielded by her party to attack the Congress leadership, said the silence of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul will be construed as acceptance of charges against Vadra.
The Rajasthan government had written to the CBI for a probe into the alleged land scams in Bikaner, including those involving a company linked to Vadra.
Among the 18 FIRs registered by the agency, 16 were lodged at the Gajner police station while two at Kolayat police station in Bikaner between August and September, 2014, agency sources said. The cases were referred to the CBI by the Centre on the request of the Rajasthan Government.
“It’s not just about Vadra. Out of the 18 FIRs, only four are against Skylight Hospitality. It is a huge conspiracy with involvement of government officials,” Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said
According to investigators, the raids also unearthed a separate tranche of emails related to a property deal in London, which allegedly link Bhandari to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.
Amarnath Yatra attack: The bus that was attacked was travelling from Sonmarg and the pilgrims were returning from the Amarnath shrine. The police claimed that the bus driver was at fault of violating rules and the vehicle should not have been on the highway post 7 pm.
BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was not available for comment on the board’s guest list while a member of the Supreme Court-appointed CoA said they were “not involved in the distribution of complimentary tickets”.
The probe commission, constituted to go into the circumstances under which licences were granted for development of colonies in Gurgaon and whether transfer of licences violated the law, submitted its report to CM in August last year.
The ED has attached assets worth Rs 21 crore of Sanjay Bhandari in connection with a money laundering probe against him. The Income Tax Department had booked Bhandari under the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015.
The Indian Express looks at prominent leaders currently under investigation by CBI and ED, not counting cases that have already been committed to trial.