Vadra hits back: ‘Kejriwal’s charges false… bid to get cheap publicity’

Alegations levelled against me by Shri Kejriwal and Shri Bhushan are utterly false: Vadra

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 7, 2012 10:18 pm

ROBERT Vadra,son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi,today rejected all allegations regarding his property dealings with DLF as “false,entirely baseless,and defamatory”,maintaining that Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan were trying to “manufacture lies against me and malign me and my family” to get “cheap publicity”.

Meanwhile,Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily rejected Opposition BJP’s demand for an inquiry into Kejriwal’s allegations,saying “every maligning campaign cannot be followed by an investigation” as there is no substance in the allegations.

A day after he said he would “handle all the negativity”,Vadra today issued a statement saying that he is a private law abiding citizen who has been engaged in business for the last 21 years.

“The allegations levelled against me by Shri Kejriwal and Shri Bhushan are utterly false,entirely baseless and defamatory. My business transactions are fully reflected in financial statements filed before appropriate government authorities in compliance with the law. They are available in the public domain to anyone interested in knowing the truth,” he said.

“I am saddened by the attempt of Shri Kejriwal and Shri Bhushan to deliberately misrepresent numbers contained in my financial statements,manufacture lies against me and malign me and my family in order to gain cheap publicity for themselves and for the launch of their political party,” said Vadra.

His statement came a day after DLF rejected the allegations that it had given unsecured loans to Vadra or there was any quid pro quo. The company had said that it had given Rs 65 crore as “business advances” for purchase of property as per standard industry practice. It had also said that Vadra had bought the properties at the prevailing market rates.

“DLF has issued a response. It is full of half truths and lies. A lot of information has been suppressed. We will issue a detailed response tomorrow. But does Vadra stand by DLF response or does he have another version.

Would appreciate his version,” tweeted Kejriwal today.

Asked about the demand for an inquiry into the charges,Moily told The Indian Express: “Till today,there is no proof at all. People will have to understand why Kejriwal is doing it. He is trying to destroy the edifice of all the institutions in the country and image of all political leaders so as to himself emerge as a leader. He is trying to practise Goebbels (Adolf Hitler’s propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels) theory but India is not Germany and our democracy is well-nurtured.”

He added: “Every corporate transaction cannot be suspect. There has been no complaint nor is there any proof of the allegations made by them. Without proof,every maligning campaign cannot be followed by an investigation.”

In Nagpur,BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar today reiterated the party’s demand for an inquiry saying that those involved should put forward “concrete clarification” on the charges. “A company (DLF) which itself has a loan to the tune of Rs 22,000 crore and is paying an interest of 15 per cent thereon,was extending interest-free loans worth Rs 65 crore to Vadra,” he said. Asked why the BJP did not raise the issue earlier,he said the BJP had given notice in Parliament,but was denied permission (for discussion).

“The concerned parties should put forward concrete clarification on the matter to put an end to the issue. If there is an iota of truth in it,then that should be revealed to the public. If it is false,then that should come out too,” said BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

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