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Funds for my property not linked to husband Robert Vadra’s finances : Priyanka

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s statement said any allegations that besmirch her reputation will be based on certain questionable documents and represent a deliberate, politically motivated and malicious campaign to besmirch and destroy her reputation.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2017 10:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi
Priyanka Gandhi,Robert Vadra,Skylight Hospitality
Priyanka Gandhi waves as she arrives at Congress a rally in Uttar Pradesh.(AFP File)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter, Priyanka Vadra, has said funds for her properties are not linked to the finances of her husband, businessman Robert Vadra, or his company Skylight Hospitality.

Priyanka’s denial came after a financial daily sent queries to Robert Vadra about his land deals and alleged profits.

“The source of funds for this or any other property acquired by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has no relationship whatsoever with Robert Vadra’s finances and/or Skylight Hospitality and no relationship whatsoever with DLF,” her office said in a statement on Thursday.

The statement said Gandhi bought 5 acres of agricultural land in Amipur village in Faridabad district for Rs 15 lakh on April 28, 2006, six years prior to the purported land deal involving Skylight Hospitality.

The land was resold to the original owner four years later for Rs 80 lakh, the then prevailing market price, the statement said, adding that all transactions were done through cheque.

It said the earlier owner was made the offer to allow him exercise the right of first refusal.

“The source of funds for the aforesaid purchase was rental income of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from property inherited by her from her grandmother (former prime minister) Indira Gandhi,” it added.

The statement added that any insinuations made about the land deal were “false, baseless and defamatory” and represented “a deliberate, politically motivated and malicious campaign to besmirch and destroy her reputation”.

Political opponents of Robert Vadra had often raised questions about his company’s land deals in Haryana and Rajasthan. No charges, however, have been proved.

A land deal in Himachal Pradesh, where Priyanka is building a hillside house, has earlier run into controversy following allegations that the then state government had relaxed laws to facilitate the transfer of the land to her.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Apr 28, 2017 09:03 IST