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ED raids against Vadra's associates for allegedly receiving commission in defence deals

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The (ED) Friday carried out searches against three people linked to Robert Vadra, son-in-of Sonia Gandhi, in connection with its probe into alleged "commissions received by some suspects in defence deals" and illegal assets stashed abroad, officials said.

This is for the first time that Vadra's associates have been linked to alleged commissions received in defence deals by the

The raids that began around 12 noon were carried out at multiple premises in Delhi-and Bengaluru, they said.

"The searches were carried out at the premises of two employees of firms linked to and another person. These people are suspected to have received commissions out of a defence deal and they subsequently invested these funds to procure illegal assets abroad," ED sources claimed.

They said they have some "fresh evidence" to take action.

They, however, did not disclose the names of the people whose premises were searched or the defence deal under their scanner stating that the "was ongoing".

The raids come three days after the CBI extradited Christian James Michael, the alleged middleman in Rs 3,700 crore VVIP chopper deal.

The searches left Vadra's fuming. He alleged that the ED teams entered the premises of associates of his client without showing "search warrants".

He claimed that the premises were locked from inside and questioned the government's motive behind it.

Khaitan went on to claim that probably evidence was being fabricated.

The party also reacted sharply on the Enforcement Directorate's action and said an "unnerved" was unleashing "vendetta" against Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-to divert the narrative.

"Sure shot defeat in 5 States unnerves Modi Govt to again use the old tools - unleash revenge and vendetta against Mr. to divert the narrative," said on

"Such cowardice and intimidation will not subjugate either the or the will of people," he said.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 19:10 IST