Bikaner land scam case: ED issues fresh notice to Robert Vadra-linked firm

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New Delhi, July 1: At a time when Congress is already peeved over alleged witch-hunt against Robert Vadra in land scam, the Enforcement Directorate on Friday issued fresh notice to a firm linked to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law.

Reportedly, summons were issued to firm Skylight Hospitality LLP in connection with money laundering probe in the Bikaner land scam case.

Fresh notice issued to Vadra-linked firm

It is being said that the ED has given Skylight Hospitality two weeks time to furnish financial statements and other documents. The agency has directed company to submit these details to the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case.

Officials said the summons for production of documents was issued for the second time as the agency had earlier dismissed as "unauthorised" the appearance of a lawyer in response to the notices first sent in this regard last month.

Last week, a lawyer had made appearance before the ED in response to the first notice sent in the case but it was dismissed by the probe agency as "unauthorised" as he was neither carrying any relevant papers nor an authorisation letter from the company about him being their representative.

The notice has been sent after the ED had conducted extensive searches in this case in Bikaner district and other places last month and had claimed to have seized a number of documents.

ED could issue summons to number of other people and entities in the matter

The agency is expected to issue summons to a number of other people and entities involved in the case in the near future, sources said. The probe is related to the purchase of 275 bigha land allegedly by the company in the Kolayat area of the border town of Bikaner.

The central probe agency had registered a criminal case of money laundering in this case last year on the basis of FIRs filed by the state police after the local tehsildar had made a complaint.

The ED has not mentioned the name of Vadra or any company linked to him in the FIR but it named some state government officials and some of the "land mafia". While filing the case, it had also taken cognisance of reports that had referred to a firm allegedly linked to Vadra which had purchased some of these Bikaner located lands. Vadra has denied any wrongdoing even as Congress party called the action "sheer political vendetta".

ED had conducted similar searches in the case in Delhi last year. Rajasthan government had in January last year cancelled the mutation (transfer of land) of 374.44 hectares of land, after the land department claimed to have found that the allotments were made in the names of "illegal private persons".

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(With inputs from PTI)

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