Proxy London home deal: Sonia defends Robert Vadra, takes on govt

PTI5_21_2016_000103B Congress party President Sonia Gandhi

In the light of latest "benami" property charges against businessman Robert Vadra, Congress party President Sonia Gandhi slammed the Modi government accusing it of making “false allegations”.

“The allegations against Vadra made by the BJP is part of a conspiracy to further their agenda of Congress-mukt Bharat,” Sonia told the media persons when she was asked about the latest controversy involving her son-in-law. READ:Robert Vadra, BJP leaders under scanner for links with arms dealer

Vadra is married to Sonia's daughter Priyanka Gandhi.

Sonia also demanded an investigation into the allegations. She also took on the Modi government for celebrating second anniversary of the BJP-led NDA government “at a time when farmers are dying.”

“Modi should remember that he is Prime Minister, not a monarch,” she said.

The probe agencies have begun an inquiry into an alleged "benami" property owned by Vadra in London.

An English news channel reported that last month's raid at 18 premises of controversial defence dealer Sanjay Bhandari has unearthed documents that indicates that he brought a "benami" or proxy-owned property in London for Vadra. The news channel has also cited a series of emails that were exchanged between them in connection with the purchase and sale of a home at Bryanston Square.

The legal firm that represents Vadra, meanwhile, has denied all allegations. It said that Vadra had no business dealings with Bhandari directly or indirectly. And he also had no knowledge of his involvement in defence deals.

The documents recovered from Bhandari also names some other prominent personalities in the country, according to reports.

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