The Income Tax Department officers on Monday recorded assertion of businessman Robert Vadra — the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, in an alleged tax evasion case linked to the properties he allegedly bought within the United Kingdom via arms supplier Sanjay Bhandari. ALSO READ | Farmers-Centre Meet: 8th Round Of Talks Begins, 2-Minute Of Silence Observed For Protestors Who Lost Lives
As reported by information company IANS, “An I-T team is at Vadra’s residence to record his statement in the Benami properties matter.” The officers quoted by the company clarified that no raids have been carried out at his residence.
The husband of Congress common secretary Priyanka Gandhi, Robert Vadra was summoned earlier however he was unable to hitch the probe as a result of Covid pandemic.
Vadra is being probed for buy of benami properties — a villa in Dubai’s Jumeirah price Rs 14 crore and a flat in London’s Bryanston Square price over Rs 26 crore — for which he has been questioned a number of instances up to now. He has been accused of channeling kickbacks obtained from a petroleum deal carried out in 2009 into the properties.
He maintains that the circumstances towards him are motivated by political rivalry. Vadra has denied the allegations of possessing unlawful international property and termed them a political witch hunt towards him. He stated he was being “hounded and harassed” to subserve political ends. However, he has stated he’ll cooperate with the probe.
Besides the I-T division, the Enforcement Department is probing Vadra underneath the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) pertaining to allegations of cash laundering within the buy of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, price GBP 1.9 million.
According to the media experiences, there are two extra properties price four million kilos (round Rs 37.42 crore) and 5 million kilos (greater than Rs 46.77 crore). Six different flats are additionally suspected to be owned by Vadra.