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Robert Vadra suffers food poisoning, fails to appear before ED in money laundering probe

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Robert Vadra suffered food poisoning due to which he had fallen sick and could not appear before ED

Owing to food poisoning, Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi, on Tuesday did not appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case probe. Vadra's lawyers reached the ED office and handed over his medical reports and informed that his client would not be able to join the probe related to allegations of money laundering to purchase assets abroad. ED has asked Vadra to join the investigation on Wednesday.

According to Robert Vadra's lawyer KTS Tulsi reached the ED office in Jamnagar House ahead of his appearance, stated that Robert Vadra will not be able to attend the hearing today for which he had been summoned by ED because he suffered about food poisoning last night as a result of which he is having acute diarrhoea & nausea.

“I have submitted his medical reports and doctors prescription and have asked for a further date owing to his medical grounds. He will appear whenever he is summoned again,” said Tulsi.

Meanwhile, the ED has asked Vadra to join the investigation on Wednesday.  

The ED case against Vadra relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property located at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million GBP (British pounds), which is allegedly owned by him.

Earlier in February, Vadra was questioned by the ED in this case for 23 hours over 3 days. He has been asked by a Delhi court to cooperate in the probe being conducted by the central probe agency.

ED had told the court that it has received information about various new properties in London which belong to Vadra. These include two houses, one worth 5 million GBP and the other valued at 4 million GBP, six other flats and more properties.

However, Vadra has denied the allegations of possessing illegal foreign assets and termed them a political witch hunt against him. He said he was being "hounded and harassed" to subserve political ends.

Vadra's statement was recorded under Section 50 (powers of authorities regarding summons, production of documents and to give evidence) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), on the last three occasions.

Vadra had similarly deposed before the ED twice in Jaipur in another money-laundering case related to an alleged land scam in Bikaner.

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