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Income Tax officials visit Robert Vadra’s premises to record statement; say no search against Dosanjh

I-T Department officials said that Vadra had been issued a summons earlier but he could not record the statement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so the team went to his premises in Delhi's Sukhdev Vihar on Monday.

Written by Aanchal Magazine | New Delhi | Updated: January 5, 2021 3:42:56 am
I-T officials went to Robert Vadra’s office at Sukhdev Vihar in Delhi on Monday. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Officials of the Income Tax Department on Monday went to the premises of Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, to record his statement for summons issued earlier in relation to alleged tax evasion in land deals covered under the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act.

I-T Department officials said that Vadra had been issued a summons earlier but he could not record the statement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so the team went to his premises in Delhi’s Sukhdev Vihar on Monday.

The department is investigating alleged tax evasion and possession of undisclosed assets by Vadra in the UK.

The Enforcement Directorate is also probing Vadra in a case of alleged money laundering along with arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari for the ownership of a Bryanston Square property in London, which the agency had earlier alleged was acquired by Bhandari for Vadra.

Meanwhile, the I-T Department denied conducting any search or survey against Punjabi singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh, but officials did not comment on the reported probe on financial transfers being made by him.

Dosanjh, who has been supporting the farmers’ protests against the new farm laws at Delhi’s border, had on Sunday shared his platinum I-T certificate for assessment year 2019-20 from the Ministry of Finance amid reports of a probe by the department against him.

A senior I-T official denied any searches or surveys by the department against him. Asked whether the department is conducting a probe against financial transfers made by the actor, the official said they will not comment on the matter yet. “There is no search or survey against him (Dosanjh). As for the investigation for his financial transfers, as of now we cannot comment on it,” the official told The Indian Express.

One Sunday, Dosanjh had stated in Punjabi that one doesn’t become patriotic by stating that on Twitter but has to work towards it.

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