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Bikaner Land Deal Case: Enforcement Directorate Summons Robert Vadra

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| November 30 , 2018 , 14:52 IST

Enforcement Directorate had summoned businessman and brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Robert Vadra in the Bikaner land deal case, ANI reported on Friday.

The case pertains to a land in Kolayat area of Rajasthan's Bikaner district which was meant to be allocated to those displaced due to the army's Mahajan field firing range.

The ED had registered a criminal case under the PMLA in the matter in 2015 taking note of FIRs filed by the state police after the local Tehsildar had complained of alleged forgery.

Earlier Robert Vadra reacted sharply to the media reports and issued a statement on his Facebook page calling the allegations against him baseless. He claims that he is being targeted by BJP as Rajasthan elections are approaching.

Vadra, who is a Congress member and brother-in-law of party president Rahul Gandhi, highlighted that it is part of BJP's strategy to drag his name whenever they find themselves in the problems "be it Rafale or the prospect of losing assembly elections."

He issued clarifications on the allegations imposed on him by the media reports saying, "A flurry of media queries are suddenly being sent to me based on entirely false allegations probably being leaked by the government as polling day in Rajasthan comes close!! Interestingly, most of the issues arising thereof happen to be sub-judice.

"Is it a mere coincidence that this also coincides with certain government agencies accelerating their activities and raking up issues that either have no connection to me at all or I have already responded to years ago and cooperated with them fully over the last four years?"

He further added, "The sad part is that everyone except the BJP can see how desperate, blatantly political and vindictive these tactics are. I hope independent and professional persons in the media stay focused on issues that really matter to the public in Rajasthan like massive unemployment and misgovernance and don't allow themselves to get dragged into what is clearly the government's plan B every time they find themselves on the back foot be it Rafale or the prospect of losing assembly elections."

Vadra's response came after The Indian Express newspaper carried an article claiming the company that gave a loan to Vadra to buy land at a premium got huge relief from Settlement Commission.