Robert Vadra is given a clean chit by the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday. Robert Vadra – son-in-law of UPA chief Sonia Gandhi- came out of real estate land scam clean as the PMO- affidavit declared him guiltless.
Robert Vadra was alleged to have involvement in real estate land scam along with real estate developer firm DLF. On Wednesday PMO informed the Allahabad High Court that the allegation against Mr. Vadra seemed false and unreliable. The prime minister’s office told that the allegation was mainly based on rumor.
Earlier Allahabad High Court had directed the PMO to file an affidavit in response to the petition charged by Arvind Kejriwal. The activist-turned-politician demanded Central government investigation against alleged Vadra- DLF links.
PMO affidavit turned down the Kejriwal– petition by condemning it as one driven by a desire for publicity. The affidavit further stated that the petition is more leaned to political interest than public interest. The affidavit was submitted in front of the Allahabad HC’s Lucknow Bench.
While hearing the PIL filed by activist Nutan Thakur, Allahabad HC ordered the office of the Prime Minister to clear its views on investigating against Vadra and real estate developer DLF.
The affidavit, produced by the joint secretary Dheeraj Gupta, stated that Vadra- DLF relation is absolutely a matter between two persons. The affidavit further added that these were purely business transactions.
The affidavit blamed Nutan of filing the PIL which is purely based on newspaper reports. Both Mr. Vadra and the real estate firm DLF have already explained their positions regarding the allegations against them. Allahabad HC is to hear the case on Thursday again. Asok Pande will appear for the petitioner in the court.
Nutan Thakur’s first appeal for central probe was unheard by the PMO. She demanded directly to the PMO but when she realized that she was not responded properly she approached Allahabad HC with her PIL.
Her PIL was heard on October 11 by a division bench containing Justice Uma Nath Singh and Justice VK Dixit. Hearing the PIL, the division bench asked the Centre to file its objections on her petition.
The alleged real estate dealings between the real estate major DLF and Mr. Vadra was first brought out by the activist- turned – politician Kejriwal. He had alleged Mr. Vadra buying real estate properties from DLF who granted unsecured interest free loans to him. The intention was not clear however. Mr. Vadra is alleged to purchase real estate properties worth crores from the real estate developer during the period spanning from 2007 to 2010.
Thakur pointed out that many basic questions stressed by media remain unanswered. She further asked the PMO to explain how a company could amass Rs.500-Crore with a mere Rs.50 lakh as initial investment.