Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday, for the first time, reacted on her husband Robert Vadra being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate.
With a smile of her face, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra handled the barrage of questions by the media with elan and said, “Everyone knows what is happening.”
Priyanka, when further asked about her taking charge as the general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East), said, “I am happy Rahul [Gandhi] gave me the responsibility.”
A few hours earlier, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was seen dropping off Robert Vadra outside the ED office in New Delhi. This is being seen as a huge show of support towards her husband who is facing ED heat for his alleged involvement in a land deal case.
The court had asked Robert Vadra to appear before the ED on Wednesday after returning from London.
Incidentally, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra assumed charge as the general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) only a day before – on Tuesday.
Priyanka Gandhi accompanied her husband, in a white Toyota Land Cruiser along with SPG personnel in tow, and dropped him outside the agency’s office in Jamnagar House in central Delhi. She soon left in her convoy of vehicles.
Vadra entered the ED office at around 3:47 pm even as a team of his lawyers had arrived minutes before him.
This is the first time Vadra, also the brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is appearing before any probe agency in connection with alleged criminal charges of dubious financial dealings.
Vadra has denied these allegations in the past and termed them a political witch hunt against him.
Vadra was directed by a Delhi court to cooperate with the investigation being carried out by the central probe agency after he knocked on its door seeking anticipatory bail in this case.
Official sources said Vadra would be put through questions on transactions, purchase and possession of certain immovable assets in London and his statement will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The case relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property located at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million pounds, which is allegedly owned by Vadra.
The agency had told the court that it has received information about various new properties in London which belongs to Vadra.
The ED had carried out raids in this case in December last year and grilled his aide Manoj Arora, an employee of a firm linked to Vadra, Skylight Hospitality LLP.
Robert Vadra has also been directed by the Rajasthan High Court to appear before the ED on February 12 in connection with another money laundering case being probed by the agency.