Why Is Congress Quiet On Robert Vadra And Arms Dealer Relations, Asks BJP

Why Is Congress Quiet On Robert Vadra And Arms Dealer Relations, Asks BJP

NEW DELHI:  The BJP says Rahul Gandhi must account for a news report that his brother-in-law, Robert Vadra, was gifted international flights by a controversial arms dealer. Senior leader and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that Mr Vadra will be questioned about his dealings with Mr Bhandari, who fled the country in December amid myriad investigations.

"Why is the senior leadership of the Congress silent on the Vadra matter? They need to answer on the relationship between arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and Robert Vadra," she said at a press conference, where she spoke of earlier reports that Mr Bhandari paid for Ms Vadra's London flat to be renovated in 2016. Mr Vadra had refuted those reports.

"In this case... Congress' first family's son-in-law is linked to the person in question. Then, why shouldn't questions be raised... even though he is a private citizen... any party has right to raise questions ...we (BJP) will too," she claimed.

Union minister Smriti Irani said that Mr Gandhi, the Congress Vice-President, must explain the allegations. Mr Vadra is married to Mr Gandhi's sister, Priyanka.

Ms Sitharaman said there are multiple grey areas involving Mr Vadra and Mr Bhandari including emails and bank account transactions that suggest financial dealings between them.


A report by news channel Times Now alleged that in 2012, when the Congress-led national coalition, the UPA, was in power, arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari bought business class tickets for Mr Vadra, including to Zurich.

Mr Bhandari is wanted in India for alleged corruption; the cases against him stem from the time when the Congress was in power; charges against him include money laundering. He has been absconding since December when he flew out of the country, reportedly to London.

Mr Vadra has been investigated for allegedly getting sweetheart land deals in Haryana when the Congress governed the state. A report by a judge has been shared with Chief Minister ML Khattar who took charge of the Haryana after the BJP displaced the Congress in 2014. The report has not yet been made public; the BJP says it's being studied by the Supreme Court; leaks state that Mr Vadra is indicted along with former Chief Minister BS Hooda of the Congress. Mr Vadra was not interrogated in person by Justice SN Dhingra, who handled the inquiry.

Mr Vadra and Mr Hooda as also his party have denied any wrongdoing and described the investigation as a political witch-hunt.


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