Dear BJP, if Robert Vadra is guilty, why isn't he behind bars?

Here’s a question for the BJP-led government. Why are the members of Gandhi family roaming free?

Given all the scams they are supposedly involved in, they should be in prison by now. As the citizen of a fair country one has reason to be worried. Criminals, in whatever hue they come, need to be punished. It is immaterial whether some of them are politically influential. Television channels have been updating us on the latest scandal by the family at regular intervals and those connected with the government have been busy working the decibels up over these, but the fact remains that the Gandhis, including Robert Vadra, are still out, going about their business without much fuss.

As Vadra dominates the prime time space yet again, here’s something to ponder. There’s something intriguing about the corruption charges against the Gandhis. If the government and the BJP were actually serious about pursuing the cases against them, they would not stop at anything if they had proof of wrong-doing. Given the public show of acrimony towards the Gandhis from several senior BJP leaders, it is assumed that they would not miss even half a chance to put them behind the bars. It’s possible there’s no evidence at all to nail them and the effort is only to put them under a cloud of suspicion.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi with daughter Priyanka and son-in-law Robert Vadra. PTI

Congress president Sonia Gandhi with daughter Priyanka and son-in-law Robert Vadra. PTI

Or is it, like Arvind Kejriwal would say, a case of mutual understanding between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Gandhis? The latter, he had said in one of his Twitter posts, were privy to some secrets of the prime minister and “...That’s why Modi ji will never be able to act against any member of Gandhi family.” It’s easy to dismiss this remark as wild allegation, but what have all the charges against the Gandhis proved to be, at least so far, other than wild allegations?

It could be true that Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, has benami property in London which he owns by proxy in the name of a controversial arms dealer. It’s possible corruption is involved, and coming not long after the AgustaWestland deal controversy rocked the nation it opens up scope for interesting speculation. Will the government pay heed to Sonia Gandhi and initiate a probe? Not likely. Vadra has been involved in controversies earlier too, the most important being his land deals in Haryana and Rajasthan. Both the states have BJP governments for a considerable period of time, yet we have got nothing more than noise.

There’s an apparent sense of urgency in raking up issues and throwing muck at the Congress’ first family, but its absence in follow-up action is surprising. Expect the AgustaWestland case all others to drag on till a few years, till it is milked fully for political advantage. And get prepared for new ones in the coming months. There’s something seriously fishy.

The point of this article is not to defend the Gandhis. If they are found guilty by the court of law, they should go to jail like all ordinary criminals. The purpose here is to highlight the callous manner in which the country is being denied knowledge of the truth. Since the government and the party in power have been making the allegations and they have the investigating agencies at their command, the onus is on them to dig out and place the truth before the nation. Till now the intent of both is unclear.

Sonia is correct in demanding an impartial probe to get the truth out. “Agar kuch galat hai to bina bhed bhaaw jaanch karo. Doodh ka doodh, paani ka paani karo,” she said today while replying to queries from media persons on Vadra’s London property. She charged the government with bring up wrong charges on a daily basis.

Wrong or right, the country is as eager as her to know the truth.

Updated Date: May 31, 2016 18:32 PM

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