The PMO has refused to part with records related to its affidavit filed in the Allahabad High Court in response to a writ petition seeking probe into allegations made against Robert Vadra on controversial land deals, saying these are “confidential”.
Lucknow-based RTI activist Nutan Thakur had filed a writ petition last year before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad HC seeking probe into the allegations of irregular land dealings against Vadra levied by Arvind Kejriwal.
It was dismissed by the Bench after Additional Solicitor General Mohan Parasharan, appearing on behalf of the Centre, had submitted that the petition was based on general newspaper reports, which cannot be treated as true.
In its affidavit, the PMO had termed the allegations regarding irregular land dealings between Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and DLF as “false, based on heresay and vexatious”.
Thakur, through an RTI application, wanted to know the file notings related to the PMO affidavit before the HC.
In its first reply, the PMO claimed since the matter was “sub-judice”, the records cannot be disclosed to her. Later it said, “The office has sought exemption as the matter has been treated as confidential.”