Robert Vadra, BJP leaders under scanner for links with arms dealer

vadra (File) Businessman Robert Vadra

Businessman Robert Vadra in the spotlight for all wrong reasons. He has come under the scanner for his alleged links with controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.

Last month, the income tax conducted raids at Bhandari's properties as part of an ongoing investigation against him. The email conversations that were found during the search reportedly indicated that Bhandari had brought a "benami" or proxy-owned property in London for Vadra.

Based on the initial findings, the government has ordered a fresh investigation into Vadra.

The probe agencies have found email exchanges between Bhandari and Vadra in connection with a London home that is located at 12 Ellerton House, Bryanston Square.

According to the NDTV, “Vadra and his executive assistant sent several emails discussing payments and renovations for a London home at Bryanston Square bought for 19 lakh GBP (Rs 19 crores) in October 2009 and sold in June 2010.”

The emails were addressed to Bhandari's relative Sumit Chadda, who is based in London.

Vadra's lawyers, meanwhile, has denied allegations saying that Vadra was not involved with Bhandari in any kind of financial transaction.

A news report, meanwhile, in Outlook has claimed that Bhandari's emails and call records also had names of other prominent persons in the country, including BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh and former Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit.

Both have admitted that they knew Bhandari. But both have expressed ignorance about Bhandari's controversial business deals.

The report further claimed that another BJP leader and a journalist with an English newspaper based in Delhi were also under the scanner.

Bhandari founded Offset India Solutions (OIS) in 2008 and grabbed the attention of probe agencies of financial crimes after his company turned into a multi-crore venture in a very short span. According to reports, he is now part of an investigation for financial violations in connection with 35 shell companies between 2009 and 2014.

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