Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday, 30 November summoned businessman Robert Vadra in popular Bikaner land deal case.

This decision comes hours after an Indian Express report claimed that Vadra was given loan by a company at a higher cost for buying land in Bikaner.

This loan given to Vadra helped him in evading taxes which gave him a huge relief from Income Tax Settlement Commission.

The ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money laundering Act (PMLA) in the 2015 matter. The Rajasthan government had cancelled the mutation 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”.

After the report was released, Vadra said that it is mere conspiracy by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) to distract people from their governance failures.

He said, “A flurry of media queries are suddenly being sent to me based on entirely false allegations probably being leaked by the government as polling day in Rajasthan comes close!! Interestingly, most of the issues arising thereof happen to be sub-judice.”

In 2011-12, Bhushan Power & Steel Limited (BPSL) had given a loan of Rs. 5.64 crore to Allegeny Finlease Pvt. Ltd, a Delhi based firm.

Allegeny Finlease Pvt. Ltd then bought land in Bikaner on behalf of Sky Light Hospitality, a company owned by Robert Vadra.

The ED has asked the settlement commission to furnish details in this matter.

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