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Bikaner land case: Robert Vadra appears before ED in Jaipur; Priyanka accompanies him

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Robert Vadra, Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law, and his mother on Tuesday appeared before Enforcement Directorate's zonal office here in connection with a probe into an alleged land scam in Rajasthan's border town of

and his wife accompanied them to the office and thereafter she left.

They reached ED's zonal office at Bhawani Singh Road in a vehicle escorted by police and other security personnel. Vadra's mother was allowed to leave after some time and he was also permitted to go at around 1.30 pm.

He is expected to return to the office post lunch.

Near the ED office, several banners and hoardings of Rahul Gandhi, and were put up. They also had slogans like "Kattar soch nahi yuva josh" and "yehi pukar, ji abki baar'.

Some of the members present outside the ED office also shouted "chowkidar chor hai".

said she had no information about these posters.

"The party has not put up any such hoardings," she asserted.

This is Vadra's fourth appearance before the agency and first in On last three occasions, he appeared before ED in in connection with a money laundering probe against him for his alleged role in procuring assets abroad.

The High Court had asked and his mother to cooperate with the agency after they approached it seeking directions that no coercive action is taken against them by the agency.

In the land case, the agency had summoned thrice but he failed to appear and later approached the court.

The ED had registered a criminal case in connection with the deal in 2015, taking cognisance of a clutch of FIRs and chargesheets filed by police after the tehsildar of complained about alleged forgery in the allotment of land in the area, considered sensitive due to its proximity to the Indo-Pak border.

It is understood that the agency wants to question Vadra about the operations of a firm Ms Skylight Hospitality Limited allegedly linked to him, which had purchased land in the area. It also wants to confront Vadra with the statements of those said to be linked to him.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 14:45 IST