Delhi: On a day that Congress president Sonia Gandhi hit back at the government on the charges against her son-in-law, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said on Tuesday that Robert Vadra wants to take British citizenship.
Swamy, who is in Beijing at present, also asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to speed up the inquiry against Vadra over allegations that he has acquired a 'benami' property in London.
Swamy told India Today that there was 'no doubt' that Vadra had property in London.
"I think it is already under investigation by the Enforcement Directorate and it is only a matter of time before a case is registered for summoning of Mr Vadra. But they should do it quick enough before he takes British citizenship because I heard he wants to take British citizenship by paying a hefty amount which enables foreigners who invest in Britain to get fast-track citizenship," Swamy was quoted as saying by the website.
Meanwhile, Sonia dared the government to order an impartial probe if there was something in which she said the truth will come out.
On a visit to her Parliamentary constituency, Gandhi was asked by newsmen on reports citing a probe by Income Tax department into transactions of an arms dealer and his links with Vadra, especially with regard to ownership of a house in central London.
"This is a conspiracy for Congress-free country. What is the meaning of Congress-free India. Everyday they make new excuses. They level false charges. If there is something, then there should be an impartial probe. Everything will become clear," she said, as per PTI.
News reports today quoted from purported papers seized by the IT department during searches last month on the arms dealer's premises that allegedly led to a trail of emails between Vadra and his assistant on the one hand and the dealer's aide on the other regarding the purchase of a London house for approximately Rs 19 crore in 2009 which was subsequently said to have been sold.
Vadra's legal firm have denied that he owned the London property directly or indirectly.
It also denied Vadra has any business ties with Bhandari or his aide.
(With PTI inputs)