Clean chit to Vadra on land deals a cover-up: Kejriwal

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 08:53 hrs

New Delhi: Hours after inquiries conducted by the deputy commissioners of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat indicated that there was no wrongdoing in land deals involving Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal on Friday alleged that the "clean chit to Vadra" was a cover-up.

"Newspapers say Haryana officers give clean chit to Vadra. That was expected. Country would be surprised if it were otherwise," said Kejriwal.

He said the deputy commissioners' investigation was an eyewash, and the Congress and the BJP were helping each other against corruption charges.

"Are all these probes merely an eyewash? Time will tell. It would further prove-Congress BJP bhai bhai. Now, Congress will protect Nitin Gadkari, and BJP will protect Vadra."

"And what happened to Robert Vadra? Does any government agency have guts to even summon him or investigate him. He is so right. It's a Banana republic," said Kejriwal, referring to Vadra's controversial Facebook post about common people.

Earlier this month, senior bureaucrat Ashok Khemka ordered the deputy commissioners of four different districts in Haryana to determine "the real value" of all land bought and sold by Vadra since 2005.

Khemka was transferred three days after he ordered that enquiry.

On his last day in office, he cancelled a land deal that Vadra struck with real estate giant DLF. Vadra sold the company's 3.5 acres of land for Rs. 58 crore three months after he bought it, earning a whopping 50-crore profit. 

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