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No ‘vendetta’ against Vadra: Govt. on Bikaner land deal case


robert vadraNew Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi and her husband Robert Vadra after paying tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 25th death anniversary, at his memorial 'Vir Bhumi' in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist(PTI5_21_2016_000033B)

New Delhi: Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said there is no vendetta behind the Enforcement Directorate’s notice to a firm linked to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra land in Rajasthan’s Bikaner city, adding nobody is above the law of the land.

“If someone does something wrong and violates the law, where this point of vendetta comes? Nobody is above law in this country; everyone is equal before the law,” he told ANI.

Earlier in the day, the Congress demanded an ‘unbiased and transparent’ probe in the matter and said that it should not be aimed to harass anyone deliberately.

“The law is equal for all and if a fault is found then action should be initiated, but the investigation must be transparent and unbiased,” Congress leader P.L. Punia told ANI.

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“Since this government has assumed office, they have been targeting us. They are highlighting the issues pertaining to the Congress. They are using the media to portray as if there was serious implication, but till now there has been no case where the irregularities have come to the fore,” he added.

The Enforcement Directorate has reportedly issued a notice to a firm allegedly linked to Vadra as part of its investigation into an alleged land scam in Rajasthan’s Bikaner city.

According to sources, the notice has been issued to Skylight Hospitality firm under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

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The Enforcement Directorate had earlier on May 6 conducted searches at eight premises in Bikaner and nearby areas in connection with the case.

The Enforcement Directorate registered a money laundering case against certain real estate developers and Rajasthan government officials to probe the Bikaner land scam.

The investigation is related to the purchase of 275 bigha land allegedly by the company in the Kolayat area of Bikaner.