Vadra’s plea quashed in Bikaner land scam

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oi-Madhuri Adnal

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The
verdict
has
come
as
a
big
setback
to
Congress
leader
Robert
Vadra,
a
co-accused
in
the
case,
as
the
court
has
also
pronounced
that
the
ED
would
continue
with
its
interrogation
of
the
accused
in
the
case.


Jodhpur,
Dec
23:

In
a
major
setback
to
the
Congress’
‘first
family’,
the
Main
Bench
of
Rajasthan
High
Court
here
has
dismissed
the
petition
of
Mahesh
Nagar
and
others
in
the
case
of
forgery
of
government
land
in
Kolayat
village
in
Bikaner
district.
Robert
Vadra,
husband
of
Congress
leader
Priyanka
Gandhi,
and
his
mother
Maureen
Vadra
are
co-accused
in
the
land
scam.

This
scam
came
into
the
light
in
2015
and
the
Enforcement
Directorate
(ED)
had
registered
a
money-laundering
case
in
September
that
year,
alleging
that
Skylight
Hospitality
had
acquired
the
land
in
Kolayat
which
was
meant
for
the
rehabilitation
of
the
poor
villagers.
The
plea
of
the
accused
in
the
case
has
now
been
quashed
by
the
court.

Robert Vadra

In
its
verdict,
the
Bench
ruled
that
the
ED
will
continue
its
interrogation
of
the
accused
in
the
case.
It
has,
however,
stayed
Vadra’s
arrest
for
2
weeks,
bringing
some
respite
to
the
beleaguered
family.

What
is
the
scam

The
probe
is
related
to
the
purchase
of
275
bighas
of
land
allegedly
by
the
company
in
the
Kolayat
area
of
the
border
district
of
Bikaner.
It
was
alleged
that
Vadra
made
a
615%
profit
by
selling
the
land
for
several
crores
after
purchasing
it
for
just
Rs
72
lakh.
The
ED
registered
a
criminal
case
of
money
laundering
in
2016
on
the
basis
of
FIRs
filed
by
the
Rajasthan
police
after
the
local
Tehsildar
lodged
a
complaint
in
Bikaner.

The case of arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and his alleged Robert Vadra linksThe
case
of
arms
dealer
Sanjay
Bhandari
and
his
alleged
Robert
Vadra
links

Later,
on
January
21,
2019,
the
court
asked
Vadra,
son-in-law
of
former
Congress
president
Sonia
Gandhi
and
a
partner
in
Skylight
Hospitality,
and
his
mother
Maureen
to
appear
before
the
ED
for
questioning.
Both
were
given
interim
bail
by
the
court.

“Today,
the
hearing
was
concluded
before
the
single-judge
bench
of
Justice
Pushpendra
Singh
Bhati
in
a
money
laundering
case
related
to
a
land
scam
in
the
Kolayat
area.
After
hearing
the
matter
for
three
days,
the
hearing
concluded
today
and
the
judgment
will
be
pronounced
on
Thursday,”
additional
solicitor
general
Rajdeepak
Rastogi
told
a
news
channel
on
Wednesday.

Hearing
in
High
Court

A
single-judge
Bench
of
the
High
Court
presided
over
by
Justice
Pushpendra
Singh
Bhati
heard
the
petition
filed
by
the
accused
in
the
case.
The
Bench
pronounced
the
verdict
on
Thursday
after
three
days
of
hearing.
Sources
said
that
a
prayer
was
made
by
Vadra’s
counsel
to
quash
the
ECIR
(enforcement
case
information
report)
which
is
not
an
FIR
(first
information
report).

Story first published: Friday, December 23, 2022, 18:10 [IST]


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