Taking a swipe at anti-corruption campaigner Shanti Bhushan over two farmhouse plots he and his son Jayant purchased for discounted prices in Noida in 2009, politician Amar Singh offered to buy the plots at three times the price paid by the father-son duo.
"I offer Rs 25 crore for the properties bought by the Bhushans for Rs 7 crore and Rs 1 lakh in Noida and Allahabad, respectively," Singh said on Wednesday.
Singh also alleged that Shanti Bhushan, co-chairman of the joint committee drafting the Lokpal Bill, had in 2006 travelled from Delhi to Lucknow by a plane chartered by him.
"I sponsored Shanti Bhushan's travel to Lucknow by a chartered flight on February 28, 2006 and he was also paid fees of Rs 50 lakh by the Samajwadi Party," Singh said at a press conference here.
"His travels to Lucknow during that period can be ascertained by the court records, as also the logbooks of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation," Singh said.
Contradicting Bhushan's claim of never having met or spoken to Singh, the former Samajwadi Party leader said that he had had "several conversations" with the senior advocate in connection with a case in the Lucknow high court.
The Bhushans found themselves in the midst of another controversy on Wednesday, following a newspaper report alleging that the father and son were allotted 10,000-sq-metre farmhouse plots each under the 'discretionary quota' by the Noida Authority.
Each plot cost Rs 3.5 crore and allottees were required to pay just 10% or Rs 35 lakh at the time of allotment. The remaining amount was to be paid in 16 installments.
The price is less than a quarter of the market rate, according to a petition filed by former additional solicitor general Vikas Singh.
Regarding Shanti Bhushan's property in Allahabad, Amar Singh described it as a "curious case" as the advocate made only a token payment of Rs 5,000 in 1966, paying the remaining amount of Rs 95,000 in 2009 - 43 years later.
He accused Shanti Bhushan of paying black money to purchase the plot now worth Rs 15 crore.