Sunday, October 17, 2021

income tax: Income Tax department questions Robert Vadra for second straight day in benami assets case

NEW DELHI: The Revenue Tax division questioned Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, for the second consecutive day on Tuesday in reference to its probe towards him beneath the benami belongings legislation, official sources mentioned. A workforce from the Chandigarh investigation unit of the division, that’s dealing with the probe, was seen going inside Vadra’s workplace within the Sukhdev Vihar space of the nationwide capital round 3 PM.

Vadra is married to Congress chief and Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

After he was questioned on the primary day on Monday, the 52-year-old had mentioned the goal of the tax division’s motion was to “digress” from the “actual points” regarding the nation just like the farmers’ agitation.

On Monday, he was questioned for about eight hours and his assertion was recorded as a part of the proceedings associated to the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, sources had mentioned.

Tax division sources had mentioned Vadra was requested to affix the investigation at their workplace however as he cited the prevailing COVID-19 restrictions, I-T officers determined to go to his premises.

Officers had mentioned the questioning was linked to the acquisition of some land parcels by a agency linked to Vadra in Rajasthan’s border city of Bikaner by which one other central probe company, the Enforcement Directorate, had filed a cash laundering case in 2015.

The ED has questioned Vadra on this case previously and had hooked up belongings price Rs 4.62 crore of his agency Ms Sky Mild Hospitality (P) Ltd (now LLP) in 2019.

Sources mentioned the ED shared case paperwork of this probe together with that of possession of some alleged undisclosed belongings overseas with the tax division for motion beneath the anti-benami legislation that’s enforced within the nation by the latter.

“Everybody is aware of it’s (political vendetta). Every time Priyanka (his spouse Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra) strikes out for serving to farmers…and different points then whom will they (probe companies) come to?” Vadra had mentioned to reporters after the tax division workforce left.

“They may come to Robert Vadra. I do not need to go into political points however they (authorities) are digressing from actual points…just like the farmers subject,” he had mentioned.

Vadra had mentioned he had “nothing to cover and fear about” and that the reality will prevail.

When reporters requested him if the most recent questioning pertains to proceedings beneath the anti-benami legislation, he had mentioned “it was basic and nothing associated to that (benami).”

The I-T division has additionally been probing Vadra on costs of alleged possession of some undisclosed belongings within the UK.

The ED too is investigating these costs, beneath the anti-money laundering legislation, towards the businessman.

The ED has accused Vadra of cash laundering within the buy of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Sq. price 1.9 million GBP (British kilos), which is allegedly owned by him and this transaction entails the function of absconding defence guide Sanjay Bhandari.

Bhandari has by no means joined the I-T or ED probe on this case and is said to be primarily based overseas.

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