What are the allegations against Sanjay Bhandari?
Bhandari was arrested in July 2020 on the basis of an extradition warrant. Bhandari appealed against this in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court. On behalf of the CBI and ED, allegations have been made against Sanjay Bhandari for money laundering in India i.e. sending money abroad by wrong means. To avoid paying tax, Sanjay Bhandari sent a lot of money out with the help of his friends. This caused huge financial loss to the national exchequer. The ED had filed a chargesheet on June 1, 2020, against Sanjay Bhandari and other co-conspirators, including various companies formed by them in foreign jurisdiction.
Indian government has proved fugitive
Please tell that due to being in Britain, the Indian government has already declared him a fugitive. Since then, efforts are being made to bring him to India. For this, the Indian government had appealed for extradition to Britain. On 16 June 2020, the then British Home Minister Priti Patel accepted Bhandari’s extradition request. After this, he was arrested on 15 July 2020. He was granted bail by the court on seven conditions, including depositing his passport with security of £1.2 million, being under house arrest in central London and making daily attendance at the nearest police station.
Sanjay Bhandari’s connection with Robert Vadra!
According to sources, the relationship between Robert Vadra and Sanjay Bhandari was established in the investigation of Income Tax Department. Robert Vadra is the brother-in-law of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is also probing Vadra’s purchase of a bungalow from Bhandari in London at a very cheap price. Apart from this, in the year 2016, the Income Tax Department has asked many questions to Sanjay Bhandari regarding Robert Vadra’s 2012 trip to France. Robert Vadra, however, has denied having any business relationship with Sanjay Bhandari.
Accused of taking bribe in defense deals
According to the probe agency, during the investigation, it was revealed that Sanjay Bhandari has stakes in companies from UAE, Panama and other countries. According to the Income Tax Department, Bhandari has not given any information about foreign assets. Apart from all this, Sanjay Bhandari is also accused of taking bribe in defense deals. There is a controversy regarding some deals done in the jamna of the UPA government, in which the name of Sanjay Bhandari has also surfaced. Sanjay Bhandari’s name has cropped up in the case of alleged corruption in getting the contract for the supply of 75 basic trainer aircraft to the Indian Air Force.