'The truth does not matter to anyone any more': Vadra cried foul as he faces land deal probe

Robert Vadra is facing probes over alleged dubious land deals

Robert Vadra is facing probes over alleged dubious land deals

Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi who is facing a probe over alleged dubious land deals in the BJP-ruled states of Haryana and Rajasthan, has claimed that he is a victim of political witchhunt. 

Hitting out at parties for using him as a political tool, he said a distinction should be made between him as an individual conducting business like anyone else and the politics of his wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s family.

Alleging that there is a sustained political attack on him, 46-year-old Vadra claimed that the BJP was using attacks on him as a political tool whenever it needed to divert public attention.

He said he has always conducted business transparently in accordance with the law, but he was being singled out and lies were spread, which made it difficult for him at times to come to terms with “the way I have been portrayed”. 

“Perception about me seems to have become so deeply embedded that it seems as if the truth does not matter to anyone any more,” he said. 

On the inquiry being undertaken against his business deals in Haryana and Rajasthan besides the Enforcement Directorate sending a notice to his company, he said: “There is a clear-cut political witchhunt... The more they hound me, the more apparent it is becoming that they are using their attacks on me as a political tool whenever they need to divert public attention.” 

On the probe in Haryana where the one-man Justice S N Dhingra Commission is looking into grant of land licences to some companies, including that of Vadra’s in four villages of Gurgaon, Vadra said he has not received any notices so far but has read the media reports in this regard. 

“I will deal with the notices from the inquiry and the ED as and when I receive them. Since these proceedings involve legal issues, I would not like to make any comment on them at this stage,” he said. 

The BJP government in Haryana had in May set up the Dhingra Commission to probe alleged irregularities in the grant of licences by the Department of Town and Country Planning to some companies, including that of Vadra, in Sector 83 of Gurgaon for developing commercial colonies during the previous Congress government of Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

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