NEW DELHI: A Delhi court approved businessman Robert Vadra’s request to travel abroad for six weeks on Monday. After Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra withdrew his plea to travel to London, a Delhi Court allowed him to visit the US and the Netherlands for six weeks for his medical check-up.
Special Judge Arvind Kumar order came on Vadra’s plea seeking to travel abroad for a medical check-up as a tumour in his large intestine had been detected. The Enforcement Directorate had strongly objected his plea mainly for London, apprehending that Vadra might tamper with the evidence if he was allowed to go there.
The case against Vadra relates to alleged ownership of overseas assets worth 1.9 million pounds. The charges against him pertain to undisclosed foreign assets and entities to evade tax.
Vadra was granted anticipatory bail on April 1 on the condition that he would not leave the country without permission and join the probe whenever required. Vadra has submitted a medical certificate from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here.He had told the court that his doctor had advised him to get a second opinion and therefore he wanted to go to London.
Representing the ED, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that the doctor had not essentially asked Vadra to take a second opinion in London but only mentioned he can take it “if he wishes so”.He said the investigation in the case was at a crucial stage and there were chances Vadra may not return.
The ED argued that there were treatment facilities available in India. Countering the ED’s submission, Vadra’s counsel said Vadra will not go to those places where the agency has objections.
The defence counsel said Vadra’s medical condition can worsen with the passing of time.
Rovert Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering in purchase of a property in London at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds.