Are Robert Vadra's troubles more moral than legal?

Robert Vadra has so far only taken to Facebook to defend himself against the allegations levelled against him by Arvind Kejriwal, but does he have an obligation of justify his innocence presently?

According to Dushyant Dave, senior Supreme Court lawyer, Vadra has no legal obligation to appear in public to defend himself.

"It would be a waste of public time if the largesse of the government cannot be proved. Since there is no quid pro quo, it is not really in the public domain," he said while speaking to CNN-IBN.

He might have a moral obligation to clear the air to uphold his credibility, but legal charges against him would not stand presently, he added.

Robert Vadra - legal trial or moral trial? Reuters

However, according to Gurcharan Das, former CEO of Procter and Gamble India, said it was immaterial whether Vadra defends himself or not and a probe in the matter wouldn't hurt.

"Since the whispering has been going on for a year it is only fair that a probe takes place. A fair amount of study is required because then one will understand how the transactions took place," he said.

He said even though Vadra might have done nothing illegal he certainly has lost some of the credibility when he does not come forward and answer the questions raised against him.

While doubts have been raised over whether the figures that Kejriwal is using to value the flats offered in DLF projects in Gurgaon might be slightly misleading. There might be a difference between the enterprise value and equity value and this cannot be ascertained unless someone studies the balance sheet of Vadra carefully.

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Updated Date: Oct 09, 2012 15:20:30 IST

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