by FP Staff Oct 11, 2012 15:22 IST
The Congress has attempted to defend Robert Vadra and the Haryana government pointing out that the Supreme Court had stayed the high court's verdict that anti-corruption Arvind Kejriwal had brandished as evidence against them. But is their defence more misleading than proof that there was no wrongdoing by DLF, Robert Vadra and the Haryana government?
According to Dushyant Dave, senior Supreme Court lawyer, there is more than prima facie evidence to point towards impropriety in Vadra's public dealings.
He also said that the Supreme Court stay that Congress was talking about on the Punjab and Haryana HC order was "misleading".
The stay came in place because the Attorney General had appeared for the Haryana government during the vacation court. The order was stayed because no one bothered to challenge the stay in these two years, he clarified.
The lawyer said that Vadra's role in the alleged scandal should be investigated much in the same way as Jagan Reddy was probed.
"The entire country's machinery was used to help him (Vadra) to get away with misusing his position. The Income Tax department should swoop down on him, " he told CNN-IBN.
Psephologist Yogendra Yadav, who has been backing India Against Corruption (IAC), also refuted the allegation that they had produced erroneous or forged documents.
"Not one media house has found that the documents are forged," he said.
"I have three simple questions. Was Vadra doing a healthy, ethical business practice that every business should emulate? Is the conduct of the Haryana government fair? Is his (Vadra's) conduct an example of public morality considering his proximity to the Gandhi family?" Yadav said
Vadra has been accused of creating five companies over the last five years and his wealth had grown from a mere 50 lakh to over 300 crore over the time period. And if the accusations levelled against him regarding DLF weren't enough, he has also been accused of getting benefits to invest in real estate in Mewat, one of the most backward regions of Haryana allegedly with the help of the Haryana government.
Yadav demanded an 'independent and fair' probe into the entire Robert Vadra - DLF dealings.
"There was a conspiracy of silence on this issue and both media and government participated in it. Everyone is now uncomfortable because a rank outsider came forward and exposed what was already known," he said.
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