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Kejriwal may come out with more on Vadra-DLF link

Agencies  New Delhi, October 09, 2012
First Published: 12:03 IST(9/10/2012) | Last Updated: 15:19 IST(9/10/2012)

India Against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal has announced on his Twitter page that he would further disclose today evening how DLF benefitted through its association with Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra. 


"DLF granted favours to Robert Vadra. What favours did Haryana government grant DLF? How is DLF reply a bunch of lies? Will speak tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5pm," Kejriwal tweeted on Monday.


"Evidence pouring in from mango men from across the country. Mango men wud prove to be nemesis for the powerful," he tweeted also.

Kejriwal has alleged that country's biggest property developer had given an interest-free loan of Rs. 65 crore and also sold property at cheap rates to Vadra. But the company on Saturday termed the allegation baseless.

Finance minister P Chidambaram on Monday told the annual economic editors’ conference that the government could not look into private transactions unless there were specific allegations of corruption in the form of quid pro quo.

Chidambaram said he couldn’t respond on behalf of the government as that was not the issue.

In another controversy, India Against Corruption on Monday demanded that Robert Vadra should apologise for reportedly saying 'mango people in a banana republic'.


Mr Vadra allegedly wrote on Facebook, "Mango people in a banana republic" but later he closed his account on the social networking site.

On Friday, Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan alleged that DLF gave properties, currently valued at around Rs. 500 crore, to Mr Vadra at grossly undervalued rates in exchange for favours it allegedly received from Congress state governments in Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi.

However, Vadra and DLF refuted all charges.

Vadra has said all charges made against him were "utterly false, entirely baseless and defamatory".

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In a statement, Vadra said, "I am saddened by the attempt of Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan to deliberately misrepresent numbers contained in my financial statements, manufacture lies and malign my family in order to gain cheap publicity for themselves and for the launch of their political party."

DLF said its deals with Vadra were totally transparent and no quid pro-quo was involved.

The Congress on Monday said the attack on Robert Vadra is "not on an individual" but on the party and its leadership, and rejected demands for probe into his dealings with realty major DLF.

"The attack (by Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan), which was made under a well-planned conspiracy was not on an individual but on Congress and its leadership. It was alleged that the blackmoney of Congress was invested in it. If such an allegation is made, a clarification will certainly come from Congress," party spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters.

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Replying to questions on whether the Congress does not feel the need for an independent probe to clear the air on the issue, Alvi shot back, "Are those levelling allegations have made any complaint to the government? Have they filed any FIR in any police station?"

The Congress spokesperson said that a probe can happen only when some formal complaint is made to the agencies concerned.

"Will somebody be held guilty only by showing papers in front of cameras? They are acting like police, prosecutor and judge all rolled into one. There is a rule of law. If you have proofs go to the agencies or the court.

Alvi also asked media to show restraint in giving coverage to those seeking "cheap publicity".

Alluding to Anna Hazare parting ways with Kejriwal after the latter decided to launch a political outfit, Alvi said," Who will trust them? They initially said they have no political interest but now they have formed a party. When their political mentor is not trusting them, who else will have faith in these people?"


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