Repeated hounding not appropriate: Congress on Vadra media row

Unpleasantness of repeatedly asking questions at private functions, like what happened with Robert Vadra on Saturday, must be avoided at all times: Congress

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 2, 2014 6:16 pm
Principal accountant general listed how rules were ‘relaxed’, audit was stopped in Robert Vadra land deal case. (Source: PTI/file) Unpleasantness of repeatedly asking questions at private functions, like what happened with Robert Vadra on Saturday, must be avoided at all times: Congress. (Source: PTI/file)

Backing Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi, Congress on Sunday said “repeated hounding” of an individual is “not appropriate” and advised the media to avoid “unpleasantness” of shooting questions at private functions, like what happened to him.

Taking a step further, the party also highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brush ins with the media and said the entire episode is being propagated as a “political agenda for obvious reasons” which cannot be considered either fair or proper.

“Indian Constitution and our established ethos guarantee Right of Privacy, personal space and liberty to all individuals, more so, when a person is neither in public life nor holds any public office.

“Unpleasantness of repeatedly asking questions at private functions, like what happened with Robert Vadra on Saturday, must be avoided at all times,” AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

He said that “repetitive hounding” of an individual on an issue that has been “conclusively rejected both by a Constitutional body like Election Commission of India as also High Courts and finally the Supreme Court of India is not appropriate”.

Vadra had lost his cool and reportedly pushed aside the microphone of a reporter at a five-star hotel gym when he was quizzed about his controversial land deals in Haryana.

A livid Vadra was seen on a video footage shown on TV channels asking the reporter four times as to whether he was serious about his land deal question.

The Congress spokesperson said that while rejecting a Public Interest Litigation of a “BJP sympathizer” against Vadra, none less than the Supreme Court of India had said, “We won’t allow you to destroy someone’s reputation. Merely because someone is related to a politician, you cannot call him a sinner”.

It is clear that the entire episode is being propagated as a political agenda for obvious reasons which cannot be considered either fair or proper, Surjewala said in a statement released by the Congress.

“I want to remind leaders of BJP and friends of the media as to how none less than the current Prime Minister (the then Chief Minister) — Narendra Modi had removed the mike and walked out of a pre-fixed interview with leading journalist – Karan Thapar who questioned him about Gujarat riots,”  Randeep Singh said.

He also mentioned the “shoddy treatment” meted out by Modi to two senior journalists when they had similarly questioned him about his role in Gujarat Riots.

On numerous occasions, fringe elements affiliated to BJP-RSS-Shiv Sena have attacked news media offices in Delhi and Mumbai without any reason or provocation, he said.

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    Jay
    Nov 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm
    What goes around comes around! If the public thinks that Robert Vadhra has amed wealth in country possible only if you have large enterprise or politicians use their standard operating procedure to am through curruption, then the media and people at large will need to press for answers. Robert has to humble down and answer the questions and be truthful.
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    Jay
    Nov 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm
    What goes around comes around! If the public thinks that Robert Vadhra has amed wealth in country possible only if you have large enterprise or politicians use their standard operating procedure to am through curruption, then the media and people at large will need to press for answers. Robert has to humble down and answer the questions and be truthful.
    Reply
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    Sparrow
    Nov 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm
    Mango Man (aam admi) of Banana Republic is running the Govt. (remember that Mr Vadra?) Law shall take its course, be ready for MONGO SHAKE.
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    Sparrow
    Nov 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm
    Mango Man (aam admi) of Banana Republic is running the Govt. (remember that Mr Vadra?) Law shall take its course, be ready for MONGO SHAKE.
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    kris kumar
    Nov 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm
    Congress calls it hounding but the general public wants to know the truth behind all his richness. Vadra may have used the influence to become rich quick but in reality who broke the law and helped Vadra get rich quick. The Congress rulers have to explain all that. It is everybody dream to become rich and Vadra had the same dream. Did he use illegal means or Sonia used her power to make the deal happens in Congress rule states by ping the rules and norms to help her son in law to become rich? She has looted enough and she made sure her daughter has a luxury life style too. Why Congress is so protective when it concern Vadra? Something is fishy and the amount concern is not Rs 300 crores but a lot more than that. There might be a money laundering case as well against not only Vadra but Sonia as well.
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    kris kumar
    Nov 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm
    Congress calls it hounding but the general public wants to know the truth behind all his richness. Vadra may have used the influence to become rich quick but in reality who broke the law and helped Vadra get rich quick. The Congress rulers have to explain all that. It is everybody dream to become rich and Vadra had the same dream. Did he use illegal means or Sonia used her power to make the deal happens in Congress rule states by ping the rules and norms to help her son in law to become rich? She has looted enough and she made sure her daughter has a luxury life style too. Why Congress is so protective when it concern Vadra? Something is fishy and the amount concern is not Rs 300 crores but a lot more than that. There might be a money laundering case as well against not only Vadra but Sonia as well.
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    Mars
    Nov 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm
    HAHAHAHAHAHA “repeated hounding” of an individual is “not appropriate” and advised the media to avoid “unpleasantness” of shooting questions at private functions, like what happened to him.For the past 12 years media, khangress and all other political parties, sikulars, social welfare, NGO has been hounding Mr. Modi for 2002 riots...WHAT HYPOCRISY....on the same note, an open challenge to so called media whatever, Burkha, sagrika, thapar, arnab, sardesai to interview Raabert to repeat the question and again and again....and prove their genius journalism.
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    Mars
    Nov 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm
    HAHAHAHAHAHA “repeated hounding” of an individual is “not appropriate” and advised the media to avoid “unpleasantness” of shooting questions at private functions, like what happened to him.For the past 12 years media, khangress and all other political parties, sikulars, social welfare, NGO has been hounding Mr. Modi for 2002 riots...WHAT HYPOCRISY....on the same note, an open challenge to so called media whatever, Burkha, sagrika, thapar, arnab, sardesai to interview Raabert to repeat the question and again and again....and prove their genius journalism.
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