Income Tax officials at Robert Vadra’s residence again, second such visit in two days

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Updated: Jan 05, 2021 4:37 PM

Vadra was summoned earlier but he did not turn up citing coronavirus restrictions. After he failed to respond to summons, a team of Income Tax officials visited his official premises in Delhi's Sukhdev Vihar area on Monday.

Robert Vadra is facing probe under Benami Law.

The officials of Income Tax Department have once again reached Robert Vadra’s residence to record his statement in connection with a probe under the benami assets law. This is the second such visit in two consecutive days. Vadra was summoned earlier but he did not turn up citing coronavirus restrictions. After he failed to respond to summons, a team of Income Tax officials visited his official premises in Delhi’s Sukhdev Vihar area on Monday.

News agency PTI reported that Vadra was questioned for about eight hours and his statement was recorded as part of the proceedings related to the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act. The questioning was linked to the purchase of some land parcels by a firm linked to Vadra in Rajasthan’s border town of Bikaner in which the Enforcement Directorate had filed a money laundering case in 2015, the agency reported.

The ED has questioned Vadra in this case in the past and had attached assets worth Rs 4.62 crore of his firm Ms Sky Light Hospitality (P) Ltd (Now LLP) in 2019. The ED shared case documents of this probe along with that of possession of some alleged undisclosed assets abroad with the tax department for action under the anti-benami law that is enforced in the country by the latter, the agency reported citing sources.

After tax official left his residence, Robert Vadra interacted with media and said that it was political vendetta. He said whenever Priyanka (his wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra) moves out for helping farmers…and other issues then whom will they (central investigating agencies) come to. “They will come to Robert Vadra. I don’t want to go into political issues but they (government) are digressing from real issues…like the farmers issue,” the news agency quoted him as saying.

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