INC president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra betrayed his desire to join politics while being grilled by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). He said that he had to be in the parliament to “fight this kind of dynamics”.
Vadra was speaking on the backdrop of the ongoing investigation against him by the ED. Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra’s husband alleged that he was being made a “political pawn” as he was part of the ruling family of the opposition party, the INC.
“I am related to a family that has for generations served the people of this country & have even been martyred for the country. I have seen, learnt, campaigned, spent time in different parts of the country and I suppose to fight this kind of dynamic I have to be in Parliament,” Vadra said.
I have fought this outside for far too long: Vadra
After the ED and Income Tax department grilled Vadra over alleged tax irregularities and benami properties, he said, “Obviously now I do feel I have fought this outside for far too long. I have explained myself, cleared myself but this is constant that they trouble me now as I am not in politics. I always kept away from politics because I have my set beliefs.”
Earlier this week, an ED team grilled Vadra continuously, questioning him over the alleged benami properties in the National Capital Region (NCR), London and other cities.
After the interrogation, Vadra said that he had cooperated with the investigating agencies. He said that he provided the agencies with all the information they had sought.
Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth £ 1.9 million. The case is being probed under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
ED says it has information about various new properties in London that allegedly belong to Vadra, including two houses worth £ 4-5 million each and six flats.
While Vadra emerged as the face of the INC-led UPA government’s alleged corruption in 2011 following a report in The Economic Times of his dealings with real estate company DLF and a press conference by Arvind Kejriwal (who is now Delhi’s chief minister) and Prashant Bhushan based on that report, the BJP-led NDA government, after cashing in on the issue, has not been able to make central agencies secure the conviction of any functionary, associate or family of Congress politician accused of corruption.