ED issues notice to Robert Vadra Company in money laundering case in Bikaner Land Scam


New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday sent a notice to Skylight Hospitality Ltd, a firm owned by Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra in connection with the land scam in Bikaner. The case has been filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

As per the Official sources the notice has been issued to the firm Ms Skylight Hospitality under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The company has been asked to submit certain financial statements and other documents to the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case. The ED has given the company time till June 24 to reply.

According to reports, around 1400 acres of land was acquired and sold to seven different companies illegally. Out of the seven companies one was Skylight Hospitality, a firm owned and operated by Robert Vadra.

Earlier last month, ED had conducted searches at multiple locations in Rajasthan in connection with a case of land grab. ED teams checked documents allegedly related to Vadra's company which purchased lands in Kolayat area of Bikaner and also quizzed several people.

Officials said action was taken in order to gather "documents and hard data" from various officials and individuals involved in the case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The ED said property documents, bank accounts and Income Tax Returns were held in custody in the searches.

The central agency registered a criminal case of money laundering in this case in 2014 on the basis of 18 FIRs filed by the state police after the local tehsildar lodged a complaint. Vadra has denied any wrongdoing even as the Congress party called the action "sheer political vendetta".