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 was hiding behind realty firm DLF and the Congress.
“He is hiding behind DLF and the Congress and questioning our motive. He should come [out] in the open and clarify on the charges against him as he has not yet responded to specific questions asked by us,” Kejriwal said.
IAC members Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan alleged Friday that Vadra had bought properties in Gurgaon and other places at rates cheaper than in market and sold these at a huge profit. DLF Saturday denied it had advanced any unsecured loan to Vadra, or sold its assets to him at throwaway prices, or that there was a quid pro quo in the transactions. The Congress has defended Vadra and challenged Kejriwal to file a complaint.
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.” 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.