Robert Vadra, who was grilled for two consecutive days, is back at the Enforcement Directorate office again for questioning in the money laundering case. The central probe agency had questioned him for over 8 hours on Thursday and for almost six hours on Wednesday in connection with alleged criminal charges of dubious financial dealings. The son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has been refusing any links with arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and his relative Sumit Chadha, the ED officials think otherwise. According to the probe agency, a mail reveals the extent of dealings between all three in the money laundering case.
On Saturday, the ED officials grilled him for over four hours beginning at around 11 am. News Nation has the list of questions that ED officials asked during the questioning. The main questions that were asked are:
1: How many properties you own in India?
2: Where are these properties located?
3: Around what time did you purchase these properties?
4: In which Indian and foreign companies have you invested?
5: From whom did you buy the properties?
Apart from these, the morning grilling also focussed on a piece of information in which Sanjay Bhandari had allegedly booked ticket for Vadra. According to the document seen by News Nation, the Enforcement Directorate questioned Vadra over his links with arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. It is learnt that Bhandari had earlier revealed to Income Tax department that he had booked Vadra's ticket from France's Nice to New Delhi in August 2012.
The ED has also asked Vadra to furnish income tax returnes from 2001 to 2014. News Nation also has the mail on which the ED is basing its probe. The mail is written by Chadha complaining about not receiving any ‘funds’ for the London house renovation. In the mail with ‘Brynston Sq’ written in subject line, Chadha rues over delay in payment. “Hi Robert, Hope all is well. Any update on when some funds will be sent, have not heard back from anyone and & would appreciate if you can let me know so I can plan my cash flows (sic).”
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Chadha goes on to say that he was doing the job as a favour. “As you are aware I am not doing this project for any commercial gain only to complete a task taken on a favour & my ability to complete without unnecessary stress will be greatly assisted if I can be given some clear assurances & timelines on when I will be reimbursed,” Chadha wrote.
Contrary to what Vadra has been claiming the mail shows that Chadha renovated the London property on his order. “I have commenced completion of all the remaining structural works at the property in relation to the floors, bathrooms & heating systems. All materials have been procured & installation has begun of the wooden floors, hope to have full team on site to install bathrooms from middle of next week as good news is that I have been able to arrange express delivery of the majority of core bathroom fittings,” Chadha wrote.
To this, Vadra has replied from his Yahoo account. “Was not aware that nothing had reached you. Will look into it in the morning and let Manoj sort it out. Will be in London soon. You take care,” Vadra wrote.
Here are some of the questions ED officials asked Robert Vadra on February 6:
1. Is London's 12 Brighton Squire property yours?
2. What’s your connection with the London property, why mails were sent to you regarding its renovation?
3. Is it right that the floor plan of this property was sent to you? In 2010, when these mails were coming to you, this property was with the arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. Then why did the email come to you? Is this property linked to you?
4. A fund was also sought to build a property from you, and in response, you also responded to Sumit Chadda who had sent the mail. You had assured him for the fund, why were you arranging for the fund?
5. Why was the copy of every email sent to you was given to Sanjay Bhandari?
6. How do you know Sanjay Bhandari and Sumit Chadda?
7. Do you know the Indian national CC Thampi, who lives in Dubai, and who bought this property from Sanjay Bhandari?