sns & pti
NEW DELHI, 7 JUNE: A case of alleged disproportionate assets against Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s aide Vincent George has been closed by the CBI citing insufficient evidence.
Mr George had allegedly amassed huge wealth after 1990 which included commercial and residential property in the posh South Delhi area, property in Bangalore, Chennai, Kerala and agriculture land bordering Delhi besides cash of over Rs 1.5 crore.
The CBI had alleged that Mr George had purchased assets using money from abroad.
CBI sources said the agency had sent a judicial request to the USA seeking details of
remittances which were
allegedly received by Mr George but it got only part infor-
mation which could not be translated as evidence.
Following these part responses, the CBI moved Tis Hazari court on 23 May filing for withdrawal of the case.
The sources said these transactions were suspected to be hawala in nature as the alleged illegal gratifications were first taken abroad and returned as gifts which was white money for Mr George.
The sources said the agency did not get complete response from the US authorities about these transactions which left it with insufficient evidence to proceed with the filing of a charge-sheet against Mr George.
The CBI had also sought details of “business transactions” by two firms which were allegedly run by Mr George’s wife as they were suspected to be another route for converting alleged illicit wealth into white money.