The income tax department has recovered six sacks of documents related to land deals of businessman Robert Vadra from a property dealer in Bikaner town of Rajasthan, officials said on Friday.
The documents include registration papers for hundreds of acres of land allegedly bought by Vadra, who is the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in Bikaner and Jodhpur districts.
The team from the I-T department also seized Rs 11 lakh in cash during the raid at the property dealer’s residence from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon.
The property dealer had earlier admitted during questioning by the Enforcement Directorate that he had executed the land deals for Vadra’s companies in Rajasthan.
ED is investigating charges of money laundering on the basis of the first information reports registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last year looking into allegations that firms connected to Vadra executed land deals in Rajasthan, which were in violation of laws.
Based on the information given by the property dealer to the ED, the I-T department team carried out its search, which continued for more than a day.
The team, which had come from Punjab, left with the seized documents on Thursday.
Rajasthan High Court has given Vadra protection from arrest in the case till November 24 during its last hearing was September 26.
Vadra is also facing allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds.
Oct 18, 2019 11:51 IST