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Court permits Robert Vadra’s aide to travel abroad

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A Delhi court on Friday allowed businessman CC Thampi, arrested in connection with a money laundering case involving Robert Vadra, to travel to the UAE for two weeks.

Granting Thampi’s plea, Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar asked him to submit a fixed deposit receipt (FDR) of Rs 25 lakh.

The court also imposed other conditions, including asking the businessman not to tamper with evidence in the case to join the probe being conducted by the Enforcement Directorate.

The agency had opposed before the special judge his application to travel abroad.

Thampi, a close aide of Vadra, was arrested on January 17 by the ED and granted bail last week in the case relating to overseas properties of Vadra.

The ED has claimed that the investigation found an alleged violation of foreign exchange rules up to Rs 1,000 crore.

According to agency’s advocate Amit Mahajan, the probe dates back to 2009 and there were more names that the ED would want to summon, but did not want to disclose them at present.

Thampi, who is based in Dubai, is also accused of being involved in several defence deals and owning several properties in India and the UAE, Mahajan has said.

He is the controller of Skylight Investments, FZE, Dubai, and owner of Holiday Group. Its website says the Holiday group is involved in infrastructure, international trading, manufacturing, tourism, hospitality and media sectors.

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