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ED opposes plea of Robert Vadra’s aide to travel abroad

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The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday opposed the plea of NRI businessman CC Thampi, who was arrested in connection with a money laundering case involving Robert Vadra, to travel to the UAE for two weeks.

Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar posted the matter for tomorrow after partly hearing the arguments in the case.

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 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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