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Gadkari, Vadra must declare their business interests: Kejriwal

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India Against Corruption member Arvind Kejriwal on Friday demanded that BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and Robert Vadra declare all their business interests and where all they own land in the country. File photo
The Hindu India Against Corruption member Arvind Kejriwal on Friday demanded that BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and Robert Vadra declare all their business interests and where all they own land in the country. File photo

Activist Arvind Kejriwal on Friday demanded that BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and Robert Vadra declare all their business interests and where all they own land in the country.

He said the probe against Mr. Gadkari by IT Department was an “eye-wash” as Congress and BJP were “hand in glove” trying to save each other.

“Vadra should publicise where all he owns land. What are his business interests? When did he buy this land and at what cost? Mr. Gadkari and Mr. Vadra should publicise all their business interests in the country and abroad,” he said.

On the Income Tax department launching a probe to trace the source of funding of various firms that invested in Mr. Gadkari’s company Purti Power and Sugar Limited, he said government has said that the IT Department would submit a report in a month.

“IT Act has no provision for such a probe. Is the government fooling people. Under the IT Act, you can raid under Section 132, or survey under Section 133 A or scrutinise under Section 143. What is the Government doing?

“Will IT find anything if it conducts raids or surveys? Raids are conducted in secrecy. This is how CBI conducts raids after grand announcements. And what happened to Robert Vadra? Does any agency have guts to even summon him or investigate him? He is so right. It’s a banana republic,” he said.

He also asked if the IT Department is probing Mr. Gadkari, why it was not investigating Mr. Vadra. “Are all these probes merely eyewash? Time will tell. It would further prove that Congress and BJP are hand in glove,” he said.

He said media reports claimed that Haryana officers gave clean chit to Vadra.

“That was expected. Country would be surprised if it were otherwise. In Haryana, all good officers are shunted out. Those in key positions crawl when asked to bend. Now Cong will protect Mr. Gadkari and BJP will protect Mr. Vadra,” he said.

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It might true that, a social activist is demanding for personal interest, but it is also true that millions are expecting a genuine and unbiased decision and comment from government authorities. Merely it seems as it is diverging to a blame-game. Government should come forward and reply to those allegations were raised against, in a fair manner.

from:  soumyar
Posted on: Oct 28, 2012 at 15:45 IST

Well said, Bhagavat. Gadkari needs to go. I remember he sent Yeddy in
the south packing for the same reason. He should recognize that he
became a liability to BJP and should unload himself from the party.

from:  chankya sharma
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 00:10 IST

It is absolutely no use to take shelter under the fallacy that two wrongs make a right.Anyone with half an eye could see that even if Kejriwal is a crorepati,it does not give any politician one right to carry out brazen looting of publc money.The cohabitation of power and wealth is conspicuous across the political spectrum of India.
The study of the reported assets of our elected representatives reveals a startling contrast between the rulers and the ruled.In a country where over 77 per cent of the populace earn an income of Rs 35 per day, nearly half the Rajya Sabha members and nearly a third of those from the Lok Sabha are worth a crore and more.

from:  Kamaljit Deka
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012 at 22:31 IST

@Sanjeeb Panda: going by the standards you suggest, you should declare your assets before asking Kejriwal to declare his. We as a country can live with fewer people of your kind.

from:  Joe
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012 at 20:56 IST

I just wish "most awaited 2012 calamity" comes at earliest and take away all such bloody corrupts and their property. Lets start life afresh!

from:  Arun
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012 at 20:31 IST

Kejriwal team is a spent force calling their own peril by investigating
only toilets of a house and not the chapel. India has given birth to
galaxy of great souls and their lineage is very much existing in masses.
To paint the country as all evils for his own agenda, will bring his own
destruction.

from:  Bakumbai
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012 at 19:03 IST

Well, gotta admire this man.

He accused a powerful Politician and from being smug, the politician appeared
speechless yesterday. He was refusing to speak to the media.

There is really no way out for Congress on Vadra. If they investigate and give him a
clean chit they will be accused of favouring him, if they don't they will still be
accused of the same.

from:  Anoop
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012 at 17:16 IST

Mr. Arvind Kejriwal is right in demanding Income Tax scrutiny of both
Shri Robert Vadra and Shri Nitin Gadkari. The Congress and BJP are
adopting double standards. While the Congress leaders have rushed to
the rescue of Shri Vadra and Shri Salman Khurshid, BJP leaders have
spared no effort to defend their President Shri Gadkari.
Major news channels have done a good job in exposing true nature of
business deals of Shri Vadra and of investments in BJP President’s
business empire.
Even if the RSS has come to the rescue of Shri Gadkari, it cannot save
him from further embarrassment as more damaging information is in
public domain. Concerned citizens are of the opinion that (a) Shri
Vadra’s dealings and growth of his wealth and (b) the source of money
of companies who have made investments in Gadkari’s business call for
a thorough probe. Hopefully, both Shri Robert Vadra and Shri Nitin
Gadkari will be exposed in near future.

from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012 at 17:01 IST

Very apt observations.

from:  T.K.P.Naig
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012 at 16:35 IST

Kejiriwal should declare his asset first who is a crorepati.

from:  Sanjeeb Panda
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012 at 16:14 IST

This is so true...BJP and congress have always been supporting each
other in corruption cases and just for public they show hatred towards
each other. Corruption problem is so deep routed in india that only a
political alternative (like IAC) can make some amends. I will give my
vote to IAC. They might also turn out to be corrupt, but atleast we
have to give them one chance.

from:  nikhil
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012 at 15:54 IST
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