Don`t trade low level charges, Cong cautions political parties

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 17:39

New Delhi: Amid charges of tax evasion against Rahul Gandhi in a land purchase in Haryana, Congress on Thursday cautioned political parties against trading "low level allegations".

With Rahul`s office denying all charges of stamp duty evasion in the deal, party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said a written statement has been given in this regard and "it (the issue) can be probed by anyone in any manner."

Dwivedi also used the occasion to flag concern over the misuse of Right to Information Act brought by Congress, saying it is being used some times for "blackmailing, paralysing the administration, meeting selfish ends, revenge and political reasons".

At the same time, he clarified he is not against the Act.

Dwivedi also cautioned the media against "falling to sensation" in reporting when asked as to why there should not be a probe into Robert Vadra-DLF land deal.

"No body has declined any probe. That is also being examined," he said, referring to a committee constituted by Haryana government to examine the charges levelled by IAS officer Ashok Khemka in this regard.

A day after Arvind Kejriwal targeted BJP chief Nitin Gadkari over a controversial land deal in Maharashtra, Dwivedi said, "One gets the punishment from the same weapon with which he hits another...Congress has never used such weapons."

Expressing concern over "baseless and low level allegations" against politicians, the Congress leader underlined the need for those in politics to think over it, adding "All political parties especially the major ones should become cautious."

Kejriwal had earlier attacked Sonia Gandhi`s son-in law Vadra for land deals in Haryana. The latest salvo was fired by INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala against Rahul.


First Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 17:39

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