Minutes after social activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal gave more evidence against Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra on his undervalued property deals with realty firm DLF, the Congress said the entire moves were made for gaining 'publicity'.
"There is nothing new in what he (Arvind Kejriwal) said. This was done only to gain publicity," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters.
"Who knows if these documents are authentic," he said. "Have they approached Haryana government for a white paper?"
In the second instalment of his "expose" on the links between India´s biggest realty firm DLF, Vadra and the Haryana government, Kejriwal on Tuesday said documents proved that the state government had favoured the company and acquired land from farmers by trick to hand over to DLF where Vadra held majority shares.
Demanding a white paper on the deals with DLF from the Haryana government, Kejriwal said the farmers were cheated and their land acquired for development of roads and housing for common people were handed over to DLF from where Vadra derived benefits. He said land use was changed after acquiring the plots.
He said even the Punjab and Haryana High Court said there is a mala fide nexus between the two.
He said the Haryana government instead of building hospital in the land meant for it, permitted real estate firm DLF to build there something else.
He said the court has said Haryana government is showering favours on DLF.
He said on March 9, 2007 the state government gave permission to DLF to build a SEZ (Special Economic Zone), but one month before that only DLF built a company for the purpose in which Robert Vadra was a majority shareholder.
Robert Vadra after one year sold back the shares to DLF, Kejriwal said.
He said 350 acres of land in Gurgaon worth Rs 1700 crore was given to DLF. He said financial bids of other companies for projects were not even opened after their technical bids were rejected on the pretext of not having experience in building golf course before.
He said companies like Unitech and Country Heights were rejected in bids because they "had no experience of golf course construction though their bids were higher."
He said the land was acquired from farmers by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for houses, roads but nothing was built. "No road was made, all land was given to DLF," said Kejriwal.
Kejriwal said HSIDC (Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd.) acquired 275 acres of forest land which was given to DLF though such land was not allowed for forest use under law.
He said by using fraudulent measures the Haryana government acquired land from farmers and acted as agent of DLF.
He said DLF said no unsecured loan was given to Vadra but that is a lie.
"They proved one after another unsecured loans were given to Vadra. It is worth Rs 85 crore," he said.
The Haryana government should come out with a white paper on the land given to DLF in the past ten years, said Kejriwal.
Kejriwal also presented before media farmers of Manesar to speak on how they were cheated.
"What is the relationship between Vadra and Congress party? Why the finance and law ministers are trying to save him? Law Minister Salman Khurshid even said he will give his life for Sonia Gandhi, we thought he can do it for the country," mocked Kejriwal.
He said on Oct 16 he will expose more.
On Oct 5, creating a political firestorm, Kejriwal and his team targetted the Congress first family laying before people the undervalued property deals of Vadra with DLF, alleging the latter made hundreds of crores in return of government favours to the firm.
Soon after the charges were slapped, the entire Congress machinery was out defending the Gandhis with Sonia Gandhi herself in a one-liner statement denying Vadra misused his position. Congress called Vadra a soft target of publicity hungry Kejriwal.
Kejrwial and his team dropped their "corruption bombshell" by naming Robert Vadra, husband of Priyanka Gandhi, as a beneficiary of Rs 300 crore in a huge property deal by DLF company under which he was allegedly given properties in a throwaway price.
Aiming fingers at the Gandhis indirectly, Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan in a press conference said DLF, which got land from Congress ruled governments, gave unsecured interest free loans to Vadra to buy only their property at very cheap prices.
He got property worth Rs 300 crore for Rs 50 lakh from DLF and it should be probed, they said.
He asked why did DLF - one of the biggest realty firms of India- sanction Rs. 65 crore loan to Vadra without any interest.
On Sunday, Vadra issued a statement saying the charges were false, baseless and defamatory and made by a person (Kejriwal) to launch his political party with a cheap publicity bid.
"I am a law-abiding citizen engaged in business for over 21 years," he said in the statement.
He said he is saddened by the charges by Kejriwal and Bhushan aimed at maligning his family.
"My business transactions are fully reflected in financial statements filed before appropriate government authorities in compliance with the law. They are available in the public domain to anyone interested in knowing the truth," he said.