Robert Vadra moves Delhi HC to quash the ECIR in a money laundering case by ED

Robert Vadra moves Delhi HC to quash the ECIR in a money laundering case by ED

Aditi Singh

Robert Vadra has moved the Delhi High Court seeking to quash an enforcement case information report (ECIR) registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case, PTI has reported.

Vadra is currently on interim bail in the case.

The Petition moved under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, also seeks a declaration that Sections 3,17,19,24, 44 and 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 are ultra vires Articles 14, 20(3) and 21 of the Constitution of India.

The case pertains to charges of money laundering by Vadra in purchasing a property in London worth 1.9 million pounds. Vadra has been summoned by the EC several times for interrogation pursuant to ECIR.

Vadra’s plea for anticipatory bail in the case is currently pending with a Special CBI Court in Delhi. Earlier this week, ED had told the CBI Court that custodial interrogation of Vadra was needed in the case.

It is the ED’s case that Vadra is involved in the commission of the offence of cross border and domestic money laundering. It has also alleged that Vadra is the beneficial owner of various properties under investigation in the instant case, which have been acquired through proceeds of crime.

In his anticipatory bail plea, Vadra, the husband of Priyanka Gandhi who has recently been appointed the General Secretary of the AICC (Eastern Uttar Pradesh), has claimed that the case has a colour of political witch hunt.

The matter is likely to be listed for hearing in the coming week.

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