New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday stuck to his graft charges against Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and said DLF response issued on Saturday was full of half truths and lies with a lot of information suppressed.
Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Sunday: "We'll issue detailed response tomo. But does Robert Vadra stand by DLF response or does he have another version? Wud appreciate his response." Watch: DLF statement full of lies, says Kejriwal | No unsecured loans given to Vadra, says DLF
"DLF has issued a response. Full of half truths and lies. A lot of info suppressed," he also tweeted.
Kejriwal denied he was targeting Vadra for being related to the Gandhis and also to get mileage for his yet-to-be-named political outfit.
"People will not agree we targeted him for being (Sonia) Gandhi's son-in-law," said Kejriwal.
Caught in a controversy over allegations that he was favoured by realty major DLF, Robert Vadra on Saturday broke his silence saying he can "handle all the negativity" even as Congress and BJP sparred over the issue.
DLF denies allegations, says no unsecured loans given to Vadra
A day after anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal said DLF had given an interest-free loan of Rs 65 crore and sold property at lucrative rates to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, the realty major on Saturday termed the allegations baseless and untrue.
DLF said Rs 65 crore was given as business advance for the purchase of land, "as per standard industry practice", comprising two transactions. It said Skylight Hospitality (reportedly owned by Vadra) approached DLF in 2008-09 to sell a 3.5 acre plot off NH8 in Gurgaon. "DLF agreed to buy the said plot, given its licensing status and attractiveness as a business proposition, for Rs 58 crore," it said.
The realty major rejected the allegations that it had given unsecured loans to Robert Vadra in a 'quid pro quo' for favours and said it had transparent dealings with him as an individual entrepreneur.
In a statement, the company said it had given him Rs 65 crore as "business advance" of which Rs 15 crore was fully refunded and Rs 50 crore was used for purchase of land.
Rejecting the allegations of activists Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan that the company favoured Vadra, DLF said it neither received any undue benefit from any state government nor was it allotted any land by the Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan governments.
DLF also dismissed the charge that the company sold properties to Vadra and his companies at a throwaway price.
"We would like to state that the business relationship of DLF with Mr Vadra or his companies has been in his capacity as an individual entrepreneur, on a completely transparent and at an arm's length basis," DLF said. The business relationship with Vadra had been conducted in the highest standards of ethics, the company said.
"We wish to categorically state that DLF has given no unsecured loans to Mr Vadra or any of his companies. An amount of Rs 65 crore was given as business advance for the purchase of land in two transactions," it added.
DLF said it purchased 3.5 acres in Gurgaon from Skylight Hospitality for Rs 50 crore in 2008-09.
"At no stage was an interest-free loan ever given to the Skylight group. There were two sets of business advance against purchase of property, one of which amounting to Rs 50 crore resulted in a satisfactory conclusion of purchase of commercial land and the second advance of Rs 15 crore was fully refunded," it added.
DLF also said that "it is not unusual for parties which sell land to DLF to choose to reinvest the consideration received or part thereof in projects being developed by DLF."
"There is no question of offering, let alone selling, to Mr Vadra or his group companies any property at a throwaway price. The allegation that 7 apartments in Magnolias were sold for Rs 5.2 crore only is also completely baseless. At no stage was a property ever sold to the Skylight group below the then offered price to all customers," DLF said.