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Vadra hiding behind DLF and Congress: Kejriwal

Agencies  New Delhi, October 07, 2012
First Published: 15:57 IST(7/10/2012) | Last Updated: 19:12 IST(7/10/2012)

Reacting to Robert Vadra calling graft allegations against him as "utterly false, entirely baseless and defamatory", India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal Sunday said Vadra is hiding behind DLF and the Congress.

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"He is hiding behind DLF and the Congress and questioning our motive. He should come in the open and clarify charges against him as he has not yet responded to specific questions asked by us," Kejriwal told reporters.

Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, dismissed as "utterly false, entirely baseless and defamatory" the allegations over his property dealings with DLF and that Congress governments favoured the company after it provided him benefits.

DLF, on its part, on Friday rejected the allegations that it had given unsecured loans to Vadra as a 'quid pro quo' for favours and said it had transparent dealing with him as an individual entrepreneur.

"DLF has issued a response. It is full of half truths and lies. A lot of information has been suppressed. But does Vadra stand by DLF response or does he have another version? I would appreciate his version," Kejriwal said.

He said he will not be able to respond to the specific issues in DLF's response today as his team is working on it.

"I had gone through the DLF response curiously. It is clear that there are a lot of information that they have suppressed...It will not be correct for me to respond now. We will issue a detailed response tomorrow.

"I just want to know if Robert Vadra has the same response or if he has a different version. He did not respond to any of the specific issues we have raised," Kejriwal said.

Saying that he is ready to face a defamation case if taken to court, Kejriwal said: "We all live in a democracy and some genuine questions are raised by us. The son-in-law of the most powerful person in the country should address the issue and he is not doing it and is shooting the messenger."

In a statement on Friday, DLF 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.

Vadra is married to Priyanka, daughter of Congress chief and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

In a statement Vadra said that IAC members were deliberately misrepresenting numbers contained in his financial statements, manufacturing lies and maligning his family to gain cheap publicity for themselves and for the launch of their political party.

He called the allegation as "utterly false, entirely baseless and defamatory".

Rejecting the allegations made by Kejriwal and 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.

(With IANS and PTI inputs)


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