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The Enforcement Directorate has confronted Robert Vadra with certain emails, which he allegedly wrote through men in his office to arms-dealer Sanjay Bhandari. Bhandari is also being investigated by the ED.
Vadra allegedly got emails written to Sanjay Bhandari through Manoj Arora. Arora worked for Vadra, who through an email is discussing repair work of one of his London homes.
The Enforcement Directorate said some of these properties were kickbacks which came from a petroleum deal. The deal was channelled through a couple of companies and finally used to buy a house at London’s Bryanston Square by Sanjay Bhandari, who headed one of the companies.
He bought the house for 1.9 million pounds and sold in 2010 for the same amount, despite an additional expense of approximately 65,900 pounds for its renovation.
Investigators claim that Robert Vadra directly or indirectly owns nine London-based properties worth several million pounds.
Vadra admitted to knowing Manoj Arora, but denied he ever wrote any e-mail on his behalf
Three of these are villas, the rest luxury flats purchased between 2005 and 2010. Sources said he was shown documents and e-mails that connect him with the properties.
The money laundering case was initially filed against a former employee of Skylight Hospitality, a firm linked to Vadra. The employee in question was Manoj Arora. Arora’s role was detected during the investigations against Sanjay Bhandari by the Income Tax Department in another case. During that raid, some emails between Vadra and Bhandair were confiscated.
“This gives credence to the fact that Bhandari was not the actual owner of the property. But it was beneficially owned by Vadra, who was incurring expenditure on the renovation of this property,” the ED had told the court.
Sources said Vadra has denied owning any property in London. He has also denied any connection with absconding arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and his cousin Summit Chadha, who are instrumental to the case. Vadra admitted to knowing Manoj Arora, but denied he ever wrote any e-mail on his behalf, sources said.