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Kejriwal Accuses Robert Vadra And DLF Of Illicit Links

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An allegation by civil society activists Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan that Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra had been hugely favoured by realty major DLF triggered a political storm on October 5 with the Congress dubbing it as "baseless and utterly irresponsible" while BJP demanded a probe.

At a press conference in New Delhi, Kejriwal and Bhushan alleged that Vadra had bought property worth crores of rupees between 2007 and 2010 with an "unsecured interest free loan" of Rs 65 crore from given by DLF.

They claimed that Vadra had secured the loan from DLF to companies floated by him and his mother with a seed capital of just Rs 50 lakh.

43-year-old Vadra, married to Priyanka Gandhi, was not in the capital and sources close to him said there was no reaction for the moment.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said that these are "baseless, misconceived and utterly irresponsible" allegations.

"Coming ahead of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections, it shows that the so-called civil society groups are morphing themselves as a political party but it is nothing more than a B-Team of the BJP," he told reporters.

A DLF spokesperson said the business relationship with Vadra is "completely transparent" and was conducted to "highest standards of ethics".

Kejriwal and Bhusan claimed an analysis of the balance sheets and audit reports of the five companies run by Vadra showed that they had no income from any legitimate business activity except the interest derived from the DLF's loans.

"The story had come out in the Economic Times earlier. This is an old strategy of Kejriwal... Vadra had explained the position at the time... He pays his income tax and has a right to live as he wants. It is unfair to drag the Congress into it," said Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit.

Kejriwal, who was the key strategist of a movement for a strong Lokpal bill, last week made his political debut with a party, whose name is to be announced next month. Prashant Bhushan, his father Shanti and Manish Sisodia are the other key members of his party.

(Agencies)
 


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