A month after searches by enforcement agencies on defence dealer Sanjay Bhandari, which has thrown up a flurry of documents, emails and phone call records, officials are yet to question many of those mentioned in the documents. The documents have thrown up the defence dealer’s links with the who’s who of India, as well as details of his properties in the UAE, London and the Panama Islands.

Documents seen by Outlook clearly show that in addition to being in touch with Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, Robert Vadra, Bhandari was also in contact with senior BJP and Congress leaders. Call data records of Bhandari shows that he was in contact with BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh, who made over 450 calls to Bhandari “within a short span of time”, finance ministry officials admit.

However, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday dared the Modi government to launch a probe into the alleged links of her son-in-law Robert Vadra with arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.

“Everyday they are coming up with some allegations. It is a conspiracy. It’s a part of Congress-mukta Bharat agenda” Sonia told reporters in Rae Bareli.

Sources expect more details on Vadra’s alleged equations with Bhandari to emerge as the probe against the defence dealer gathers momentum.

Bhandari, known for his connections across the influence spectrum and with a rising reputation as a middleman, came under the I-T department’s scanner in connection with the probe launched in 2015 against shell companies which created fake entries to route black money to political parties and passed off illicit contributions as legitimate ones.

Sources said the I-T department had gathered enough evidence to launch Bhandari’s prosecution for tax evasion -something which will provide the basis for the Enforcement Directorate to probe him for alleged money laundering under the tough Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The PR firm engaged by Bhandari did not respond to questions from TOI when contacted.

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