New Delhi/June 7
India’s premier investigating agency CBI has closed an 12-year-old case against Sonia Gandhi’s ex-personal secretary Vincent George, reportedly due to insufficient evidence.
As per reports, CBI has filed closure report in the case for which probe was started by the investigations agency after former Enforcement Directorate deputy director Ashok Aggarwal in 2001 made disclosure that George had amassed wealth beyond his known sources of incomes.
As per CBI’s closure report, the case was closed against George, who was also the personal secretary of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, due to lack of evidence.
The investigating agency had sent rogatory letters to the US authorities in 2002 but there was no response from the US and, hence, they didn’t have enough evidence to file a chargesheet
In 2001, CBI had registered a case against George in 2001, claiming that he possessed residential and commercial properties in Karnataka, Delhi, Kerala and a farmland near Delhi and had more Rs 1.5 crore in his bank accounts.
As per reports, George, who started his career as typist in Congress party’s office, had received cash gifts from 1991 to 2001 through which he had purchased these properties and CBI had suspected that the remittances were a part of hawala transactions, where the money was sent abroad through illegal channels and brought back through banking channels as cash gifts.
Further, CBI had held that these business transactions didn’t appear genuine.
Meanwhile, George had claimed that he had received these cash gifts from his relatives and the rest were business transactions conducted by his wife’s two firms, Lilliens Exports and Diana Agencies.
New Delhi/June 7