Activist Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said he was ready to face defamation charges if his allegations against Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra were proven wrong.

“I am ready to face defamation charges if the allegations against Robert Vadra are proven wrong. Why is the Congress silent on the merits of the case?” Mr. Kejriwal said.

His remarks came a day after he and lawyer Prashant Bhushan alleged that Mr. Vadra had bought property worth crores of rupees between 2007 and 2010 with an “unsecured interest free loan” of Rs. 65 crore given by DLF.

Why fear probe,

asks Hazare

Coming out in support of Mr. Kejriwal, Anna Hazare on Saturday asked why the Congress feared a judicial probe in the matter if it was sure the charges were false.

“Many Congress leaders say that these allegations are only because of electoral compulsions and are baseless. We say that if the allegations are untrue, then why don’t they order a judicial probe into it? And now, if it is false, file a defamation case against Arvind. The truth will be out,” he said.

Mr. Hazare said that when allegations were raised against 15 “corrupt” Ministers earlier, the government noted that there was no case in them. “Now, two of the Ministers are out. The coal scandal is out. The whole country has seen it,” he said. — PTI

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