BJP demands fair probe into charges against Vadra

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 11:20 hrs

New Delhi, Oct 9 (IANS) Seizing an opportunity to attack the Congress, the BJP Tuesday called for a "fair" probe into India Against Corruption member Arvind Kejriwal's allegations about Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's property deals with realty major DLF.

Hitting out at the ruling party for "shying away" from a probe, BJP spokesperson Nirmal Sitharaman said an honest probe cannot be expected from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, which is "neck deep" in corruption in 2G spectrum allocation, Commonwealth Games and coal mine allotments.

Noting that the CBI was to probe the allegations, she said but the agency was under a prime minister who does not want to act against corruption in his government.

Sitharaman also attacked Finance Minister P. Chidambaram for batting for Vadra, noting that if Sonia's son-in-law was just an individual, why were the Congress spokespersons and ministers falling over their heels to come to his defence.

She also demanded that all huge real estate transactions need to be monitored.

Referring to the investigations faced by family members of politicians, such as YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy for disproportionate assets, DMK chief Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi for 2G allotments, and former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan's mother for the Adarsh Society flats allotment, Sitharaman wondered why the government was not acting against Vadra.

"More revelations have come out, including Punjab and Haryana High Court strictures, apart from the nexus between DLF and the Haryana government. It is getting murkier. The Congress spokespersons should stop misleading the country. (The government) should stop putting onus on others to provide evidence and order a probe," she noted.

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