Bikaner: The troubles for Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra don’t seem to end. The latest case in question is related to the acquisition of around 1,400 acres of land, sold to seven companies between 2009 and 2011.
One of these companies was Sky Light Hospitality (SLH), a firm connected to Vadra.
Here are the related media reports:
The Enforcement Directorate, on Friday, conducted searches at multiple locations in Rajasthan in connection with the money laundering case of a company allegedly linked to Robert Vadra.
The probe is related to the alleged purchase of 275 bigha land by the company of Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in Kolayat area of Bikaner
The controversy had surfaced in October, when the then activist, Arvind Kejriwal and his associates had accused Vadra of corruption. These statements had then snow-balled into a political controversy ahead of key state assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
However, Both Vadra and DLF denied the allegations. The main opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded a probe into the matter.
“In a flurry of deals between June 2009 and August 2011, Robert Vadra purchased at least 20 plots of land collectively measuring more than 770 hectares in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district, in a region that would see prices spiralling soon after,” DNA newspaper had said in a report.
Mail Today newspaper had claimed an investigation by its reporters has found that Kejriwal’s claim that Vadra owns large tracts of land in Bikaner in Rajasthan, may be true.
Rapidly, armed with loans amounting to Rs.8 crore, principally from DLF (Rs.5 crore), his own company Sky Light Hospitality (Rs.2 crore), another company owned by him Blue Breeze Trading (Rs.89.5 lakh) and another of his companies Artex (Rs.15 lakh), began acquiring properties across north India—principally in Haryana and Rajasthan.
According to a report in the Indian Express on December 11, 2014, Allegeny and two other firms bought large tracts of land from companies linked to Vadra. These are linked to Faridabad-based manufacturer of medical disposables Poly Medicure Ltd, which has links to the family of Congress leader and former Rajasthan finance minister, the late Chandan Mal Baid.