Chidambaram rejects demand to begin probe against Vadra

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P Chidambaram
New Delhi, Oct 8: Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday rejected the demand to start a probe against Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, saying no such move could be taken unless there was a specific allegation. He said the government could not probe private deals without specific allegations or quid pro quo, said an agency report.

On Saturday, Chidambaram said Vadra had disclosed all his transactions and said dealings between two private individuals could not be questioned on the basis of implied corrupt practices.

The Union Finance Minister said he did not know whether the allegations were right or wrong. According to him, the allegation is related to transactions between a company and an individual but what he could learn from the media is that the individual, i.e., Vadra, had disclosed all transactions, I-T and other returns.

On Friday, India Against Corruption (IAC) member Arvind Kejriwal alleged that Vadra's wealth had increased from just Rs 50 lakh to more than Rs 300 crore within a span of three years. Kejriwal, along with former law minister Shanti Bhushan and Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, claimed that Vadra had received bribes from DLF.

He also said that they had evidence to back the charges. According to Kejriwal, DLF gave Rs 65 crore unsecured loan to Vadra. What benefit did Vadra give in return? He asked.

Demanding an answer from the UPA government on the issue, Kejriwal said the government did not take any action despite having all the details. He said multiple property are being owned in Congress-ruled states like Haryana and Rajasthan and the government should explain why no action had been taken.

The DLF had clarified that its business dealings with Vadra was completely transparent and rejected allegations that it had given unsecured loans to Vadra in lieu of favours and said the dealing was transparent.

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