Robert Vadra moves anticipatory bail plea in money laundering case

Priyanka Vadra, right, daughter of Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, and her husband Robert Vadra, arrive to cast their vote during parliamentary elections in New Delhi, India, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Millions of people are voting in the third phase of the elections Thursday, covering parts of 11 of India's 28 states. The multiphase voting across the country runs until May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of parliament announced May 16. (AP Photo)INDIA OUT

New Delhi: Robert Vadra on Friday moved anticipatory bail plea in a Delhi Court in connection with a money laundering case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The bail plea will be heard by a special judge on Saturday.

The case relates to ownership of undisclosed assets abroad worth 1.9 million pounds allegedly belonging to Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

The ED lodged a money laundering case against Vadra’s close aide Manoj Arora after his role surfaced during the probe of another case by the Income Tax Department under the new Black Money Act and tax law against absconding arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.

It said the London-based property was bought by Bhandari and sold in 2010 for the same amount despite incurring additional expenses on its renovation.

On December 7, as part of its investigation, the ED conducted searches at a number of premises in Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru.