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BJP slams PMO for giving clean chit to Robert Vadra in land deals

Posted on Nov 29, 10:24PM | UNI

Criticising the Prime Minister's Office for giving a clean chit to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra over alleged irregularities in land deals with DLF, the BJP today questioned whether the PMO is an "operation bailout office".

"Is it the PMO or operation bailout office. Haryana and Rajasthan governments helped Mr Vadra. How can the PMO be used to shield corruption or palpable irregularities?" BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told a news conference here.

He was reacting to the PMO's reply to the Allahabad High Court in the Vadra case.

Mr Prasad asked whether the PMO had probed the matter before giving the clean chit.

"It is very unfortunate that the PMO is shielding Mr Vadra.

The Prime Minister, inside and outside Parliament, is giving clean chits in various scams," the BJP leader added.

The PMO, in its reply to the court, said the allegations regarding irregular land dealings between Mr Vadra and real estate major DLF "appear to be false, based on hearsay and vexatious".

In an affidavit to the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court, the PMO also said the petition filed by a local activist seeking a direction for a probe into the land dealings between Mr Vadra and DLF in Haryana was based on media reports about purely commercial transactions, which had been countered by both Mr Vadra and DLF.

Social activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal had levelled allegations of irregularities in land dealings between Mr Vadra and DLF.

Mr Kejriwal had alleged that Mr Vadra was favoured by DLF. He had alleged that Mr Vadra had bought property worth crores between 2007-2010 with an "unsecured interest free loan" given by the real estate major.