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Sensing defeat in polls, Modi govt unleashing vendetta against Vadra: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Friday slammed the raids against Robert Vadra's associates and claimed that sensing defeat in state polls, an "unnerved" was unleashing "vendetta" against Rahul Gandhi's to divert the narrative.

Congress' alleged that "is acting like a don".

There was no immediate reaction from the BJP on Congress's comments.

The attack came after the (ED) Friday carried out searches against three people linked to Vadra in connection with its probe into alleged "commissions received by some suspects in defence deals" and illegal assets stashed abroad.

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

"Sure shot defeat in five states has unnerved Modi to again use the same old trick -- unleash revenge and vendetta against Mr. to divert the narrative," Surjewala alleged at a press conference.

Instead of acting as independent investigative agencies, the CBI, the and the department are acting as "personal slaves and political agents" of Modi, he claimed.

of revenge and malicious vendetta have today reached its nadir, he said.

Surjewala also alleged that in the past 54 months, the has let loose a criminal conspiracy to "vilify, denigrate and malign" Vadra to settle political scores.

"As all else failed, the has unleashed all its agencies including ED, and to victimise in an utterly mala fide manner," he alleged.

Surjewala claimed that in a "brazen affront" to the rule of law and to Constitution, on the polling day, ED officers from and raided the office of Vadra in Sukhdev Vihar and the residence of his associate, the associate's sister and her in-laws at Noida, without any FIR or

He also pointed to Vadra's statement that all this was done without even registration of an offence or an FIR against Vadra and there was an apprehension over planting of false and fabricated material in their office.

"Over last four-and-a-half years, this is the consistent vicious design of the Modi government to settle political scores against all opponents including over the dozen senior leaders of the party," he alleged.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 20:15 IST