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ED questions Robert Vadra's staff, Congress worker

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The (ED) on Saturday questioned four persons, including a and two employees of Robert Vadra, the of Sonia Gandhi, in connection with defence deals, agency officials said.

An ED team raided at the residence of the and Robert Vadra's in the morning and took him to its office for questioning.

Besides the worker, the ED questioned Manoj Arora, and another person, whose identity was not disclosed. The ED had on Friday also questioned the three persons and raided their houses in Delhi, National Capital Region and Bengaluru.

While being taken by the ED officials, told reporters: "is being framed. wants to trap him. Searches are on at my residence. What will they get when there is nothing. They are taking me to ED office for questioning."

The Congress, meanwhile, termed the ED searches at the premises of persons linked to Congress Rahul Gandhi's as "blind vendetta" to settle political scores.

According to the ED, the suspects are linked to the firms of and have relation to alleged commissions received by some suspects in defence deals. The agency refused to share the details of the defence deals.

Sources said the deals have links to a 2016 case registered under the when officials of the Income Tax department searched Sanjay Bhandari's house in New During the search, the I-T reportedly recovered photocopies of classified documents of the

The I-T also recovered emails from Bhandari's computers that allegedly revealed his links to Vadra, with cryptic references to a property. But Vadra's lawyers later denied any "direct or indirect" link with the property.

The ED's move came after Vadra was summoned second time by the agency for questioning in connection with the Bikaner land deal case. Vadra was told to appear in person before the ED in the first week of December.

Vadra's called the ED's action a "foul play" while the agency officials claimed they have "evidence" that the persons being questioned had received money in their from

Khaitan claimed that the ED officials raided "close associates" and business partners of Vadra without even showing any

Vadra had earlier this week alleged that the corruption probe against him was the result of a political witch-hunt aimed at "besmirching his dignity and reputation".

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 19:40 IST
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