Sharad Pawar dares Kejriwal to move court against Vadra

      Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has came out in support of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in law Robert Vadra and dared activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal to approach court if he felt that his allegation had any substance. "In case he (Arvind Kejriwal) wants to make allegations then he should register and file a prosecution case in the court of law. Why doesn't he go to court? Nowadays it has become a fashion that anyone can level allegations and also raise a demand that the government set up a special investigation team (SIT)," Pawar told the media here.

"If someone is found guilty then he should be prosecuted, a criminal case should be filed against that person. They should start backing their claims by proving them right before the court," he added.

Kejriwal had earlier on Friday levelled serious allegations against Vadra, and said his wealth increased from Rs 50 lakh to over Rs 300 crore within three years. Addressing a press conference along with former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan and Supreme Court lawyer and IAC activist Prashant Bhushan, Kejriwal said Vadra received kickbacks from DLF. Kejriwal claimed that they have evidence to show that Vadra received kickbacks from DLF.

"Robert Vadra's income grew from Rs. 50 lakhs to Rs. 300 crore in three years, how did this happen? DLF gave Vadra Rs. 65 crore unsecured loan. DLF gave Robert Vadra unsecured loans, what benefit did Vadra give to DLF to secure these loans," he said. Asserting that Sonia Gandhi's son in-law is involved in a property scam, Kejriwal demanded an answer from the UPA Government at the Centre on this issue. "All the details are with the government, yet no action has been taken. The Congress must answer. Multiple properties owned in Haryana, Rajasthan and Dehradun. The government must explain why this information was not acted upon," he added.

However, the DLF has clarified that the business dealings with Robert Vadra were completely transparent. In a statement, DLF 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. The company 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.

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