How Robert Vadra’s assets should be probed: Markandey Katju explains

As Robert Vadra faces heat over an alleged ‘benami’ property in London, former Press Council of India chairman and Supreme Court of India judge Markandey Katju on Thursday suggested how the investigation in the case should be done. “What should be investigated is what were Vadra’s assets before he married Priyanka, and what are his assets today,” Katju tweeted. Besides the benami property land case in London, Robert Vadra is also under the scanner over land deals in Haryana and Rajasthan.
Vadra is under the scanner after a probe by the Income Tax department into certain transactions carried out by arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari suggested links between them, especially with regard to the ownership of a house in London.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has termed the allegations against her son-in law part of “a political conspiracy” and dared the Narendra Modi government to probe the matter “unbiasedly”.
Earlier this year Vadra had said, “I don’t need my wife Priyanka to enhance my life, I have enough, I have always had enough. My father gave me enough. I have been educated enough to sustain in all types of situations.”
Enforcement Directorate (ED) had earlier filed a case against Vadra in connection with a land scam in Bikaner in 2015. The case was registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
The Haryana government, in May 2015, had announced the name of retired Delhi High Court judge, Justice SN Dhingra, to head a one-man commission to probe the grant of licences to Vadra’s company and other firms for developing commercial properties in Gurgaon’s Sector 83.
Vadra and others were allegedly granted favours by the then Congress government in Haryana headed by Bhupinder Singh Hooda in issuing licences to develop commercial properties in Gurgaon’s Sector 83.

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