The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law Robert Vadra on an appeal by Enforcement Directorate (ED) challenging anticipatory bail in money laundering case. The notice has also been issued to his close aide Manoj Arora. Arora is an employee of Vadra's Skylight Hospitality LLP and a co-accused in the case.
ED wants cancellation of his pre-arrest bail by the trial court. The court has sought his reply by July 17 in connection with a black money case.
Delhi High Court issues notice to Robert Vadra and his close aide Manoj Arora on ED's plea challenging trial court order granting them the anticipatory bail. Next date of hearing is 17th July. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/42EnyyQ2xl— ANI (@ANI) May 27, 2019
The agency had sought quashing of the trial court's April 1 order by which Vadra was granted anticipatory bail, saying the special judge had failed to consider the settled position of law that bail should not be "granted in a routine manner".
The ED has also claimed that Vadra was non-cooperative and evasive during the probe and may tamper with evidence.
In its plea, filed through ED prosecutor D P Singh, the agency had sought cancellation of the anticipatory bail granted to Vadra, saying the protection given to him would be detrimental to its probe on certain crucial aspects, including ascertaining the exact source of the allegedly tainted money and the end use of the funds involved in the case.
Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property, located at 12, Bryanston Square and worth 1.9 million pounds.