Rajasthan Polls: CM Gehlot’s son in ED net again

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav Gehlot, in connection with a Foreign Exchange Violation probe.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 26 October, 2023 2:49 pm IST
Vaibhav Gehlot summoned by ED

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav Gehlot, in connection with a Foreign Exchange Violation probe. He is required to appear either at the Jaipur or Delhi office of the Enforcement Directorate. These summons are linked to recent ED raids on Rajasthan’s Triton Hotels & Resorts Pvt. Ltd., Vardha Enterprises Pvt. Ltd., and their directors and promoters, including Shiv Shankar Sharma and Rattan Kant Sharma.

Previously, the ED had conducted raids at the residence of Congress’ State Unit President, Govind Singh Dotasara, and Independent MLA Om Prakash Hudla, related to an alleged paper leak case in the Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teacher 2021, which is being held for the recruitment of government school teachers.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot tweeted, “On 25/10/23, Congress launched guarantees for the women of Rajasthan. On 26/10/23, ED raided Rajasthan Congress President Govind Singh Ji Dotasara and summoned my son Vaibhav Gehlot. Now, you can understand that ED’s Red Rose is blooming in Rajasthan because BJP doesn’t want women, farmers, and the poor in Rajasthan to benefit from Congress’ promises.”

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In response, BJP MLA Ram Lal Sharma stated, “Raids are based on evidence. They should be concerned if they are guilty; otherwise, there’s no need. Everyone should cooperate with the probe.”

Last week, the probe agency seized Rs 12 lakh in cash along with “incriminating” documents during raids at seven residential premises of Congress leader Dinesh Khodania, Rashtriya Loktantrik Party leader Spurdha Chaudhary, Ashok Kumar Jain, Suresh Dhaka, and others, over the alleged leak of the senior teacher second-grade competitive examination 2022 paper.

Khodaniya alleged that the agency’s actions were politically motivated.

These raids come shortly after Ashok Gehlot claimed that the BJP is misusing the ED to target the Congress. “The continuous ED raids in Rajasthan are proof that Congress is winning the election. Unable to gain the trust of the people of Rajasthan, the BJP is misusing the ED to harass the Congress,” Gehlot stated.

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These actions against the ruling Congress party are occurring just before the state’s legislative assembly elections, with polling scheduled for November 25, and vote counting set for December 3.

 

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