India

Gandhi family member Robert Vadra denies charges

  • 8 October 2012
  • From the section India
Robert Vadra
Robert Vadra is the son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi

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.

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