BJP MP targets Robert Vadra, to raise land deal issue in Parliament

The Budget session in Parliament is likely to be stormy on Monday as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirit Somaiya is set to corner the Congress on the Robert Vadra land deal. 

Last Updated: May 08, 2016, 11:43 AM IST
BJP MP targets Robert Vadra, to raise land deal issue in Parliament

New Delhi: The Budget session in Parliament is likely to be stormy on Monday as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirit Somaiya is set to corner the Congress on Robert Vadra land deal. 

BJP leader Somaniya today issued a notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the controversial Robert Vadra land deal in the house. 

"Robert Vadra has parked the scam money through web of companies via these solar land transactions and parked the scam money in his own company. I am going to raise this issue tomorrow in Parliament, let government brief the people how the jija ji of Gandhi family has parked scam money," he told ANI.

Stepping up the attack against Vadra, Somaiya said the 'jija ji' (brother-in-law) has parked the scam money through web of companies via these solar land transactions.

"Robert Vadra has used number of shell companies like Allegeny Finlease Pvt Ltd, Sky Light Hospitality (SLH) or somebody named Faqir Mohammed, Jay Prakash Bagadwa. Overall non entity has been used for money laundering," he said.

When asked on the actions he has initiated against Vadra, the BJP MP said he has already filed a complaint in this regard with the Rajasthan Government.

"I have already sent a letter to the CBI, state government and Enforcement Directorate. I have already submitted 100 pages of details of Robert Vadra's company and I want them to take action in this regard," he added.

On May 6, the Enforcement Directorate conducted raids at multiple locations at Bikaner in Rajasthan in connection with the money laundering case of a company allegedly linked to Vadra.

The agency conducted searches at eight places in Bikaner and nearby areas, belonging to accused Jay Prakash Bagadwa and others.

The raids were also conducted on the premises of some retired officials, including Faqir Mohammed, Uma Charan, Deeparam and Mahavir Swamy.

The probe is related to the alleged purchase of 275 bigha land by the company of Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in Kolayat area of Bikaner. 

The alleged land grab case pertains to acquisition of around 1,400 acres of land, sold to seven companies between 2009 and 2011. One of these was Sky Light Hospitality (SLH), a firm connected to Vadra.

The 'Vadra land deal' controversy surfaced four year back in 2012 when the then activist Arvind Kejriwal and his associated had accused the Congress son-in-law of corruption in land deals and providing illegal benefits to real estate company DLF.

Both Vadra and DLF had denied the allegations levelled against them by Kejriwal. The then main opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had demanded a probe into the matter.

(With inputs from ANI)