New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday allowed Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi, to travel abroad for business purposes for two weeks.
Vadra, accused in a money laundering case, was allowed to travel to Barcelona, Spain, from September 21 to October 8.
On Thursday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had opposed Vadra’s plea on the ground that it could hamper investigations. The probe agency told the court that the accused may try to influence witnesses and destroy evidence in the case.
Vadra, 50, is being investigated under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The case, being probed by the ED is related to the purchase of a London-based property. The agency had already questioned Vadra over a dozen times so far.
Investigators claim that Vadra, directly or indirectly, owns nine properties in London cumulatively worth around 12 million pounds. Three of these are villas and the rest are luxury flats. All these were purchased between 2005 and 2010 when the UPA Government was in power.
Vadra, who was also battling allegations of shadowy land deals in Haryana and Rajasthan, has denied allegations of possessing illegal foreign assets, calling it a “political witch-hunt”.
He was directed on April 1 to not leave the country without permission by the Delhi court which had granted him conditional anticipatory bail.