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Vadra questioned by ED for 9 hours in Jaipur, summoned again Wednesday

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Robert Vadra, Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law, was interrogated for nine hours Tuesday by the in connection with an alleged land scam in Rajasthan's district.

The questioning will resume at 10.30 am Wednesday, his lawyers said.

His mother was also questioned for some time, but remained at the ED's zonal office till about 8.30 pm, except for a lunch break during which he was allowed to leave the premises for an hour.

Priyanka Gandhi dropped and his mother off at the ED office, taking time off from her four-day trip in a show of solidarity with her husband.

workers shouted slogans when Vadra arrived for the questioning and when he left for his hotel at night.

The interrogation lasted for nearly nine hours. He has given answers to the questions from the ED officers. He will once again appear before the ED zonal office in at 10.30 am, Vadra's told reporters.

Vadra's lawyers said his mother has not been called for questioning as she is not keeping well.

She has, however, assured full cooperation in the probe, they said.

On Facebook, Vadra accused the of being vindictive ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, and putting his mother through harassment.

This was Vadra's first appearance before the ED in in connection with charges of money laundering through land deals made by a company linked to him. Vadra was asked by the High Court to cooperate with the agency.

His appearance follows soon after he faced ED questioning for three days in on a different set of charges relating to property allegedly purchased in

Vadra is also facing accusations of irregular land deals in Haryana's district.

Vadra and his mother reached the ED's zonal office at Bhawani Singh Road, amid tight security.

Near the ED office, some workers shouted slogans in support of Priyanka Gandhi, and also repeated the slogan given by her brother Rahul Gandhi, calling Modi a thief.

Chowkidar chor hai, they shouted.

Several hoardings were put up nearby showing pictures of Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadra, and saying that people wanted and Priyanka Gandhi to come to power this time.

"yehi pukar, ji abki baar, the banners said.

Congress vice Archana Sharma, however, claimed she was not aware of such posters.

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

Before the questioning started, Vadra accused the government of harassing his elderly mother by putting her through it.

As I always have adhered to rules and overall being a disciplined person, I have the ability to sustain any amount of hours of questioning and having nothing to hide, I will answer every question with respect and dignity. This too shall pass and will make me stronger, he said.

"So here we are my 75-year-old mother and me in Jaipur to depose in front of the Not understanding the lows of this vindictive government to be harassing a senior citizen, who the world knows has lost her daughter in a car crash, her ailing son to diabetes, and her husband as well," he posted.

In the case, the agency had summoned Vadra thrice but he failed to appear before it.

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

The ED had registered a case in connection with the deal in 2015, taking cognisance of a clutch of FIRs and chargesheets filed by the after the tehsildar complained about alleged forgery in land allotment.

It is understood that the agency wanted to question him on the operations of Skylight Hospitality Private Limited, allegedly linked to him, which purchased land in the area.

It also wanted to confront Vadra with the statements of those said to be linked to him.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 22:30 IST