Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, on Saturday finally broke his silence over the allegations of financial impropriety made against him by anti-corruption crusader-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal on Friday.
Reacting to the allegations, Vadra, the husband of Priyanka Gandhi posted a message on social networking website Facebook, saying, "Thanks so much for your concern. I am fine and can handle all the negativity." He further said, "(I have) lost people I loved, what can be worse?"
This came even as Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda denied any favours to construction major DLF , terming the claims by Kejriwal and senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan as "wild allegations". Haryana Chief Minister issued a statement, "We haven't favoured DLF or anyone. Our system is totally transparent. We haven't made any allotments to DLF."
"DLF is a very old organisation. These are wild allegations. If someone has been favoured, it can be challenged in court…this was reported earlier as well and my office had clarified everything," said Hooda.
Meanwhile, a day after almost the entire Congress leadership came out in defence of party president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, Union finance minister P Chidambaram also joined the bandwagon saying "the individual has disclosed all the transactions".
"Such transactions between two private individuals cannot be questioned, all of them have been disclosed," said the senior Congress leader.
Kejriwal had on Friday addressed a press conference in the national capital alleging that construction major DLF gave an unsecured and interest-free loan worth Rs 65 crore to the companies owned by Vadra.
According to Kejriwal and senior Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan, Vadra’s companies allegedly used that money to buy seven DLF flats worth Rs 35 crore for a rock bottom price of Rs 5 crore. The five firms that were used to buy the flats are allegedly owned by Vadra and his mother.
Bhushan stepped up the attack on the son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi by alleging that Vadra, who earlier had properties worth Rs 50 lakh, now owns properties worth Rs 300 crore. They raised a demand to probe the allegation.
Bhushan and Kejriwal further questioned if the DLF got land allotments among other favours in return.
Later, speaking on the issue, senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan pointed that Vadra had registered five companies and owned four penthouses of 10,000 sqft each.
He further alleged that Vadra had purchased properties worth Rs 70 crore and all were funded by the DLF, adding that he and his mother were now owners of five companies.
"DLF is giving properties to Vadra as it is receiving favours from Haryana and Delhi governments. We demand full inquiry into this…we need to know whose black money is into these properties," said Prashant Bhushan.
Bhushan further accused Vadra of getting more undervalued properties from DLF at Greater Kailash, Bikaner, Manesar, Palval and Gurgaon, adding the properties are worth several crores.
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