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Priyanka Gandhi drops Robert Vadra at ED officer for questioning: Here's what experts have to say

Updated : February 06, 2019 20:52:44 IST

Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, was on Wednesday questioned by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in New Delhi for over four hours in its money laundering probe into alleged possession of illegal foreign assets, days after he was directed by a city court to appear before the central probe agency.

Vadra's wife Priyanka Gandhi accompanied him in a white Toyota Land Cruiser and dropped him outside the ED's office in Jamnagar House, in a move seen as sending a political message to Congress' opponents ahead of Lok Sabha polls.

Shortly after, Priyanka took charge as AICC general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh East, a fortnight after her formal induction into the Congress party on January 23.

"He is my husband, he is my family...I support my family," Priyanka said in a show of support to Vadra, who returned from London earlier in the day.

Priyanka was asked by newsmen at the All India Congress Committee(AICC) headquarters whether she was sending any message by dropping her husband at the ED office for questioning.

Will this strategy pay dividends or backfire? This is the big question CNBC-TV18 asks a panel consisting of Sanjay Jha, Congress spokesperson; Shazia Ilmi, BJP spokesperson and Mahmood Paracha, senior advocate, Supreme Court.

Jha said, "The truth of the matter is that there are lot of fictitious and absolutely fragile charges made. For the last five years, Narendra Modi and his entire tribe of people indulge in creating fake news."

"Nobody is above law and the law will do what it has to do. The corrupt will go to jail and they should go to jail," Ilmi said.

According to Paracha, "I think ED and CBI became the tools of falsely implicating people."
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