Link between Robert Vadra, arms dealer, London house, says report

Robert Vadra’s lawyers have denied any link with an arms dealer.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2016 2:49 pm
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Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, is being probed after Income Tax raids on controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari revealed alleged links between the two and cryptic references to a London property, NDTV reported on Monday.

Citing a preliminary report prepared by the “Income Tax department and the Enforcement Directorate” following raids last month on 18 premises owned by Bhandari, NDTV said that emails were found which were allegedly sent by Robert Vadra and his executive assistant, Manoj Arora, to London-based Sumit Chadda, a relative of Bhandari.

NDTV said it couldn’t confirm the authenticity of these emails.

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However, it reported that Robert Vadra and his executive assistant sent emails “discussing payments and renovations for the London home (12 Ellerton House, Bryanston Square) bought for 19 lakh GBP (Rs 19 crore) in October 2009 and sold in June 2010”.

In one email, Robert Vadra is said to have replied to Chadda that “he would look into the issue”. And that his “secretary” Manoj Arora will be “in touch”. Thereafter, Arora kept in touch with Chadda using an email ID “Exim Real Estate”, the channel reported.

Robert Vadra’s lawyers did not respond to an email sent by The Indian Express.

NDTV quoted his lawyers as saying, he (Robert Vadra) “does not own, directly or indirectly, any house described by you as No 12, Ellerton House, Bryanston Square, London” and that Mr Vadra and his assistant “have not entered into any transaction of a financial nature with Mr Sanjay Bhandari and are not even aware that Mr Sanjay Bhandari is involved in any defence transaction.”

Arms dealer Bhandari formed Offset India Solutions (OIS) in 2008 which rapidly grew into a multi-crore venture before Bhandari’s business dealings were reportedly red-flagged in 2014 (after the new government came to power). While OIS recently won a deal to supply parts for 38 combat aircraft India is buying from Dassault Aviation, Bhandari is being investigated for alleged financial violations linked to suspected shell companies between 2009 and 2014, according to NDTV.

At an AICC press conference on Monday, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi rejected the NDTV report. “Let me also make it categorical that we have received a preliminary email reply from Mr Vadra that none of it is true. He has received no notice contrary to the report from ED or IT regarding this issue. This is based on misinformation, this is based on yet another part of the same dirty tricks department of the government which believes in opportunistic and selective leaks and therefore we condemn such attempts by the government.” he said.

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    Sandesh
    Oct 18, 2017 at 10:16 pm
    Congress will not answer the question, but the common man knows the answer is another Scam by the Congress party under Sonia, Rahul and Vadra.
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    1. prakash gotimukul
      May 31, 2016 at 10:09 am
      Sonia, we the people of India want to know why only you and your family members and your core team are involved in defence deals, why no name of Antony or MMS who remain poor with no property anywhere.........why only you have all the money and property. Why everytime you talk of vedetta, n shout on streets. Dont you have inner strenght of being innocent and no wrong doing. Why do u play a victim card. In NH case also u shouted that you r not afraid, but when chargesheet was issued, none of your highly qualified lawyers could do anything, and you are out on bail. On paper you are a criminal, so the law should take its course like any ordinary citizen. Why are you showing your party strenght when you are caught in individual capacity........................there is definitely very suious and something seriously wrong. So dont shout and finght like a ordinary person and prove that you are innocent. And dont use media or Kejriwal to defend you. It will become more suious. Vadra is of no interest to us. If he has done something criminal, let the law arrest him and put him in jail.......we want to know whether you have done anything wrong. If yes come clean, if no fight your battle in court, not on streets
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        indian
        May 31, 2016 at 2:21 am
        Family of looters
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          indian
          May 31, 2016 at 4:54 am
          I prefer suit boot ki sarkar to Loot loot ki sarkar.
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            Drzenda
            May 31, 2016 at 2:13 am
            How COULD SONIA HAVE SLIGHTEST INTEREST IN INDIA'S (HER SON IN LAW ROBER VADRA'S "MANGO PEOPLE") DEVELOPMENT? SHE IS AN ITALIAN PROPPED WITH SOME PLANNED MURDERS, IN COP- OP WITH "JAICHANDS",TRAITORS and ITALIAN VATICAN TO TAKE OVER CONGRESS PARTY AND THEN CONTINUE LOOTING AND DISINTEGRATING INDIA. ROBER VADRA HAD ALL PLANS TO FLEE TO UK JUST IN CASE , HE ALREADY TOLD HIS STOOGES WHAT KIND OF PAINT, INTERIOR HE WANTS FOR HIS WOULD BE ABODE. HE BOUGHT BIG ENOUGH PROPERTY SO SONIA AND PAPPU COULD JOIN, MAY BE COLLECTIVE DECISION, BUT THEN DECIDED TO SELL and RUN TO SONIA'S HOUSE IN ITALY WHERE IT IS MORE SAFER FROM REACHING GOVT OF INDIA FOR THEM.!
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