Gandhi family member Robert Vadra denies charges

Robert Vadra Robert Vadra is the son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi

Related Stories

A member of India's Gandhi family has denied allegations that he was favoured by a top property development company.

Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, said the allegations made by an anti-corruption group were "utterly false, entirely baseless and defamatory".

The company, DLF, has said that its business dealings with Mr Vadra was above board.

The allegations have kicked up a political storm in India.

The main opposition BJP has sought a probe into Mr Vadra's business with DLF.

The allegations were made over the weekend by campaigners led by Arvind Kejriwal, who recently announced a new political party to fight corruption.

Mr Kejriwal said Mr Vadra had received easy, interest-free loans from DLF to buy property from the company.

He alleged that the loans had been given in return for favours from Congress-ruled states.

Mr Vadra said on Sunday he was saddened by the attempts to "malign" him and his family.

"I am a private, law-abiding citizen, who has been engaged in business over the past 21 years," he said in a statement.

He said the campaigners were "manufacturing lies" to "gain cheap publicity for the launch of their political party".

DLF said in a statement that it had not given away an easy loans or received any favours from authorities.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More India stories

RSS

Features

  • Atletico's Diego Godin celebrates his goal with teammate David VillaWeek in pictures

    Selection of the best news photographs from around the world


  • Susanne du ToitTop 10 Tips

    Portrait painter Susanne du Toit on being an artist


  • StampsPost Independence

    Will stamps get cheaper if Scots go it alone?


  • Rhea10 things

    Rhea birds can be extremely dangerous, plus other factlets


  • Plane at Shannon airportShannon's call

    The airport that hosted a roll-call of presidents


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.