Activist Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday described the clarifications of realty major DLF on his allegations that Robert Vadra was given property at throw away prices for government favours as "half truths and lies".
Robert Vadra has questionable ties with DLF: Kejriwal
"DLF has issued a response. It is full of half truths and lies. A lot of information has been supressed," he tweeted.
"We will issue a detailed response tomorrow. But does Vadra stand by DLF response or does he have another version. Would appreciate his version," Kejriwal said.
DLF has rejected the allegations that it had given unsecured loans to 43-year-old Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, as a 'quid pro quo' for favours and said it had transparent dealing with him as an individual entrepreneur.
In a statement on Friday, the company had said it had given Rs. 65 crore as "business advances" out of which Rs. 15 crore was fully refunded and Rs. 50 crore was used for purchase of land.
Rejecting the allegations made by activists Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan that the company favoured Vadra, DLF had said it neither received any undue benefit from any state governments nor was it alloted any land by Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan governments.
Members of India Against Corruption Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan showing documents during a press conference in New Delhi. PTI Photo
DLF had also dismissed the charge that the company sold properties to Vadra and his companies at a throwaway price.
Kejriwal, while speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Saturday, denied he was targeting Vadra for being related to the Gandhis and also to get mileage for his yet-to-be-named political outfit.
"People will not agree we targeted him for being (Sonia) Gandhi's son-in-law," said Kejriwal.
Caught in a controversy over allegations that he was favoured by realty major DLF, Robert Vadra on Saturday broke his silence saying he can "handle all the negativity" even as Congress and BJP sparred over the issue.
A day after anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal said DLF had given an interest-free loan of Rs. 65 crore and sold property at lucrative rates to Robert Vadra, the realty major on Saturday termed the allegations baseless and untrue.
DLF said Rs. 65 crore was given as business advance for the purchase of land, “as per standard industry practice”, comprising two transactions. It said Skylight Hospitality (reportedly owned by Vadra) approached DLF in 2008-09 to sell a 3.5 acre plot off NH8 in Gurgaon. “DLF agreed to buy the said plot, given its licensing status and attractiveness as a business proposition, for Rs. 58 crore,” it said.
Likewise, the Skylight Group also offered DLF an opportunity to purchase a large land parcel in Faridabad. “(But) After concluding that the land had certain legal infirmities, we decided against its purchase…” it said. “At no stage was an interest-free loan ever given to the Skylight Group,” DLF added.
IAC member Arvind Kejriwal addresses the media as they accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra of large-scale corruption in real estate dealings in New Delhi. HT photo
It said Vadra purchased an apartment for Rs. 11.90 crore in DLF’s Aralias project in September 2008 at the market price of Rs. 12,000 per sq ft. “The alleged figure of Rs. 89 lakh as total purchase consideration is incorrect,” it said.
“Allegation that seven apartments in Magnolias were sold for Rs. 5.2 crore only is also completely baseless,” DLF added.
The AICC on Saturday came in support of the 43-year-old businessman married to Priyanka Gandhi, with party spokesman Manish Tewari rejecting demands for a probe into the matter asking "an inquiry into what?"
Kejriwal and his lawyer colleague Prashant Bhushan alleged Friday that Vadra had bought property in Gurgaon and other places at below market rates and sold them at a huge profit.
Kejriwal said he was ready to face a defamation case if charges against Vadra were proved wrong and asked why the Congress was silent on the merits of the case.
"I am ready to face defamation charges if the corruption charges against Robert Vadra are proven wrong. Why is the Congress silent on the merits of the case?"
The Opposition, including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, CPI-M leader Brinda Karat and Trinamool Congress' Saugata Roy, came together to demand a probe into the matter while Anna Hazare sought a judicial probe into Vadra's assets.
The Congress defended Vadra and rejected the demand for a probe.
"An inquiry into what? Is a business transaction between two private entities duly reported to the statutory authorities illegal? Is it a crime," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari asked.
"They (the activists) are acting as B team of BJP," he added.
"The individual has disclosed all the transactions," finance minister P Chidambaram said in Mumbai.
Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad sided with the Congress, saying Kejriwal was levelling wild charges against Vadra.
Claiming to be neutral, Kejriwal has said that both the Congress and the BJP alleged that he was their rival's agent.
Stating he had not read the reports about the DLF-Vadra link published in a newspaper in March 2011, Kejriwal said there was no harm in repeating the same.
(With inputs from HT, IANS, PTI)