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Robert Vadra and his mother to appear before ED on February 12 in Bikaner land case


Robert Vadra, Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law, and his mother will appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Jaipur on February 12 in connection with the Bikaner land deal case.

The Rajasthan High Court had earlier directed Vadra, the husband of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who recently took charge as the general secretary of Congress for Uttar Pradesh (east), to appear before the ED in the land deal case. The ED had sent three notices to appear for questioning in the land deal case on November 2018 where Vadra had failed to make an appearance.

The ED is investigating the purchase of 275 acres of land allegedly by Vadra’s companies in the Kolayat area of the border town of Bikaner in Rajasthan, a few years back. ED began probing the Bikaner deals in 2015 based on FIRs registered by Rajasthan police.

It has been alleged that Robert Vadra’s Sky Light Hospitality Private Limited sold 69.55 hectares of land in two deals to Allegeny Finlease Pvt Ltd in January 2012 at Rs 7.41 lakh per hectare. However, in January 2010, Sky Light Hospitality had bought the land at the rate of Rs 1 lakh (approx) per hectare. The ED said the company who bought the land was found to be fake.

Meanwhile, Vadra has appeared twice before ED in Delhi this month (February) in a separate case against him. Vadra appeared before the ED on February 7 and February 8 in a money laundering case. ED has alleged that Vadra was involved in money laundering and that he owns properties in London worth 12 million pounds.

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