Terming the Enforcement Directorate (ED) "raids" on the premises of Robert Vadra-owned Skylight Hospitality as "political vendetta", the Congress on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of acting like a "don" and "persecuting and hounding everyone opposed to him".
According to sources, premises of some persons linked to the firms of Vadra - brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi - were searched in connection with alleged commission received by few people in defence deals.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the ED, besides raiding Vadra's office in the national capital, also carried out searches in residence of his associate, his sister and her in-laws in Noida (Uttar Pradesh), without any search warrant.
"Politics of revenge and malicious vendetta has today reached its nadir. Modi is acting like a don lording over a criminal empire to persecute and hound everyone opposed to him," Surjewala told the media here.
He said Modi was "unnerved" by the "sure shot defeat" in Assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Telangana and Chhattisgarh and the raids were aimed at diverting the narrative.
"Modi government in last 54 months has let loose a criminal conspiracy to vilify, denigrate and malign Vadra to settle political scores. As all else failed, Modi government has unleashed all its agencies including ED, CBI and Income Tax to victimize Vadra in an utterly mala fide manner," alleged Surjewala.
The ED action comes two days after Vadra on Wednesday had alleged "relentless political witch-hunt" against him after the agency served him fresh summons.
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