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Rawat takes on Kejriwal, says allegations against Vadra 'politically motivated'.

New Delhi, Oct 8 ( ANI ): Minister of State for Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs Harish Rawat on Monday termed the allegations made against Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra by Indian Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal to be unfounded and politically motivated.

"Kejriwal has left the platform which was his strong point, so that is why he is getting nervous and making totally baseless allegations. His allegations are devoid of any kind of facts," Rawat told mediapersons here.

"He feels by making such allegation he will be in the limelight and which will also help him in launching his political party, he will be proved wrong," he added.

Kejriwal had earlier on Friday levelled serious allegations against Vadra, and said his wealth increased from Rs 50 lakh to over Rs 300 crore within three years.

Addressing a press conference along with former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan and Supreme Court lawyer and IAC activist Prashant Bhushan, Kejriwal said Vadra received kickbacks from DLF.

Kejriwal claimed that they have evidence to show that Vadra received kickbacks from DLF.

"Robert Vadra's income grew from Rs. 50 lakhs to Rs. 300 crore in three years, how did this happen? DLF gave Vadra Rs. 65 crore unsecured loan. DLF gave Robert Vadra unsecured loans, what benefit did Vadra give to DLF to secure these loans," he said.

Asserting that Sonia Gandhi's son in-law is involved in a property scam, Kejriwal demanded an answer from the UPA Government at the Centre on this issue.

"All the details are with the government, yet no action has been taken. The Congress must answer. Multiple properties owned in Haryana, Rajasthan and Dehradun. The government must explain why this information was not acted upon," he added.

However, the DLF has clarified that the business dealings with Robert Vadra were completely transparent.

In a statement, DLF rejected the allegations that it had given unsecured loans to Vadra as a 'quid pro quo' for favours and said it had transparent dealing with him as an individual entrepreneur.

The company had said it had given Rs 65 crore as 'business advances' out of which Rs 15 crore was fully refunded and Rs 50 crore was used for purchase of land. ( ANI )


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