Vadra-DLF: Chidambaram rules out probe

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 08, 2012 18:37 hrs

As social activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal continued to attack Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra on his undervalued property deals with realty firm DLF, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said the government will not be able to look into private transactions unless 'there is a specific allegation'.

"Unless there is a specific allegation of quid pro quo or corruption, I am afraid private transactions cannot and ought not to be allowed to be questioned on the basis of imputations and insinuations", Chidambaram said while giving his response to a question on the issue at the Economic Editors´ Conference here.

Chidambaram made the comments on a day when Kejriwal promised to make more revelations in connection to the matter on Tuesday.

"DLF granted favors to Sh Robert Vadra. What favors did Haryana Govt grant DLF? How is DLF reply a bunch of lies? Will speak tomo at 5pm," he added.

Kejriwal and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan this Friday targetted the Congress first family by laying before people the alleged undervalued property deals of Vadra with India´s biggest realty firm DLF, alleging the former made hundreds of crores in return of government favours to the firm.

While Congress started defending Vadra, the man himself started hitting back since Saturday.

On Sunday, he 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.

Kejriwal earlier called a denial statement by the realty firm DLF on the issue as one "full of half-truths and lies."

Earlier on Saturday, anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare said a ´judicial probe´ should be done while Kejriwal himself took the challenge further saying he is ready to face defamation charges if the allegations were unfounded.

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