Kejriwal Alleges Haryana-DLF Nexus, Demands Vadra's I-T Scrutiny
New Delhi: Anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal released documents alleging quid pro quo between Haryana government and DLF and demanded income tax scrutiny of assets of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra over his business links with the realty major.
The fresh allegations ignited angry denials from the Haryana government, DLF and Congress but Vadra maintained silence.
Even as Kejriwal sought a "white paper" and an Special Investigation Team probe into dealings between the Haryana government and DLF and said the allegations were enough for the income tax department to raid Vadra, the Congress again accused him of seeking "cheap publicity".
The BJP demanded a "comprehensive enquiry" into the charges.
In a response within hours of Kejriwal's allegations, the Haryana government denied any wrongdoing and said it had not favoured DLF as alleged by Kejriwal.
State's Director General for Town and Country Planning T.C. Gupta told mediapersons in Chandigarh that "no favour was granted to DLF" by the Haryana government.
"The allegations that officials and the government were tilted in favour of DLF are totally wrong," he said.
DLF also issued a point-by-point rebuttal of Kejriwal's new allegations and said an attempt was being made to sensationalise the charges.
The company said it had not enjoyed special favours from Haryana government, had compiled with all applicable rules and followed highest ethical standards in its business transactions.
Addressing a press conference, India Against Corruption (IAC) member Kejriwal said a white paper was needed on "all the favours done by the Haryana government to the DLF group".
A Special Investigation Team monitored by a retired Supreme Court judge should probe the allegations, he said.
Kejriwal said Vadra's business dealings were a "fit case for income tax raids" and sought an FIR against Vadra, a 43-year-old businessman married to Priyanka Gandhi, the daughter of Sonia Gandhi.
"The Haryana government has become an agent of DLF," Kejriwal said, citing 14 pages of court records and other documents that he gave to the media to back his case.
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