Businessman Robert Vadra issued his unconditional apology on Wednesday for the alleged breach of travel conditions to the UK, Italy and Spain.
CBI Special Judge Neelofar Abida Parveen of Rouse Avenue Court on Wednesday reserved an order on a plea by ED to forfeit a fixed deposit and bring legal age proceedings against Vadra for violating the terms and conditions imposed by the court for traveling abroad.
During the hearing, Vadra issued an unconditional apology in court even as the ED said action should be taken against Vadra. In an affidavit, Vadra said he inadvertently made a mistake and instead of “in Dubai” he wrote “via Dubai” in his travel authorization application.
Lead attorney Abhishek Manu Singhavi appearing for Robert Vadra said: “I definitely made a mistake.” The judge said, “You should have asked permission.
Abhishekh Manu Singhvi said, “There was a mistake. Clearly I had no intention to mislead. There was no intention to say X to the judge and do Y.”
He added: “I apologize unconditionally for the mistake of putting ‘via UAE’. Forgive me for the mistake.
This assertion was opposed by ED’s lawyer. Advocate NK Matta, Special Prosecutor (SPP) for ED, said that Robert Vadra was asked to submit a court address before leaving India and added that even after returning to India, he had no provided details of places he had visited in the UK.
“ED on August 22, 23 and 24 did not object to the amended itinerary (which included a stopover in Dubai for 4 days) that we had submitted, Singhavi argued.
On Monday, the Court had expressed dissatisfaction with businessman Robert Vadra’s explanation that he had stayed in Dubai for a medical emergency in August this year while traveling to the UK via the United Arab Emirates and declared that it was a violation of the terms and conditions of the authorization granted to him.
The court had also issued a show cause notice asking Vadra, husband of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi, why her Fixed Deposit Receipt (FDR) filed pursuant to the August 12 order would not be confiscated for violation of terms and conditions. authorization granted to the applicant. .
Special Judge Neelofar Abida Parveen said on Monday that she was unable to accept the claim on the sole assertion of plaintiff Vadra mentioned in the affidavit that the plaintiff was forced or coerced in the circumstances due to of medical requirements to stay in the UAE.
The court further overestimated that the copy of the travel tickets indicated that Vadra was supposed to stay from August 25 to 29 in Dubai, while he was about to travel to London on August 29.
The court had cleared Robert Vadra on August 12 to travel abroad to the UK via the United Arab Emirates, Spain and Italy for four weeks. The court had noted that the flight and hotel details mentioned in the said undertaking given by Robert Vadra clearly indicated that he would travel to the UK via the United Arab Emirates, as authorized by the Court.
Vadra, in his affidavit, said he stayed in the UAE before embarking on his new journey because he had deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in his left leg and was advised to rest properly between long-haul flights”.
During the said trip, as there was inflammation and pain in his left leg, he had to stop and see a doctor in Dubai on August 27 at the LGA medical facilitation center for traveler medical emergencies in Dubai where he was advised further medical treatment in this regard, Vadra’s attorney argued.
Vadra in his affidavit stated that his stop in the UAE during said trip to the UK was not with the intention of breaching any imposed condition and that there was no attempt to mislead, but rather in due to medical requirements.
The Court further noted that he had been granted permission to travel abroad earlier for DVT treatment and consultation by this Court in 2019 and that the relevant documents had already been filed.
Lead Counsel KTS appeared as Robert Vadra had also filed a medical certificate from the Claimant. For the filing of explanations and review, the court further adjourned the case to September 21, 2022.
The Robert Vadra is currently out on bail in a money laundering case filed by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED).