A notice has been issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to Skylight Hospitality Ltd, a firm linked to congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, Robert Vadra. The firm is allegedly involved in money laundering in a land deal in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district.
According to various media reports most of the recent notices had been issued to Skylight Hospitality under relevant sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). As part of the notice, the ED has asked the company to submit certain financial statements and other important documents to the investigating officer in the case.
Last month, ED had conducted searches in Bikaner and seized a number of documents in connection with the case. The ED registered a money laundering case against certain real estate developers and Rajasthan government officials to pro-be the Bikaner land scam.
The state government had in January this year cancelled the mutation (transfer of land) of 374.44 hectares of land, after the land department claimed to have found that the allotments were made in the names of “illegal private persons”.
ED picked up the case based on 18 FIRs filed by the state police in August last year after the local tehsildar had made a complaint. However, Vadra’s name was not directly mentioned in the issue or any company directly linked to him but some of the government officials are named by ED.
Meanwhile, the congress party has called for an unbiased investigation in the case. Earlier, it had criticised the NDA government for targeting the Congress Party and people related to it, after assuming office. The ED has given the company time till June 24 to file its reply.