Friday, October 5, 2012





The serious allegations levelled on October 5,2012, by Shri Arvind Kejriwal and Shri Prashant Bhushan against Shri Robert Vadra, the husband of Ms.Priyanka Gandhi and son-in-law of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the Congress (I) President, cannot and should not be dismissed as politically motivated or opportunistic. They may ultimately turn out to be so, but till they are proved to be so, they have to be treated seriously.

2. The allegations, if true, indicate serious wrong-doing by Shri Vadra on two counts. Firstly, managing to obtain an unsecured loan from the DLF company and, secondly, unduly benefitting in some property transactions as a result of special consideration allegedly shown to him by the DLF. The public perception will be that he benefitted in this transaction not on merits, but by virtue of his relationship with Priyanka and Sonia Gandhi. The allegations will create doubts about the personal honour and integrity of Shri Vadra.

3.It is for Shri Vadra to prove these allegations to be wrong and misplaced and establish his integrity and honour. He should not benefit from  his relationship with Priyanka and Sonia Gandhi for doing so.

4.As of now, unless it is established that Priyanka and Sonia Gandhi were aware of his alleged wrong-doings and did not try to stop them, they have no responsibility for proving their innocence. It is for Shri Vadra to prove his innocence.

5. Shri Vadra has two options:

( a ).If it is his contention that the allegations against him are baseless, he can file a suit for criminal defamation against Shri Kejriwal and Shri Bhushan.

(b ).On the other hand, if it is his contention that there has been a wrong and misleading interpretation of some facts to defame him, he should place his version before the public with the help of documentary evidence supporting his contention.

6. He seems to be trying to avoid countering the allegations head-on and take cover behind the authority of Mrs.Sonia Gandhi, who also seems to be unwisely trying to extend her protection to the alleged wrong-doings of her son-in-law. She and her party does not seem to realise that this could ultimately lead to Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka being viewed as accomplices after the commission of wrong-doing and cast suspicions on their honour and integrity.

7. It is time for Shri Vadra to come to the forefront and defend his honour and integrity with the help of his lawyer. It is not for the Government or the Congress to give him any legal assistance. (5-10-12)

(The  writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai, and Associate of the Chennai Centre For China Studies. E-mail:  Twitter @SORBONNE75)


Dolby said...

Sir, you yourself have time and again held Modi responsible for the crimes of his followers. So, why this exoneration of Priyanka for the crime of his husband? Isnt that double standards?

ambi said...

i may be wrong but somehow i feel this kejriwal thingy is prajarajyam II. he is just pretending to fight congress like chiru did, but he ll be actually dividing non congress votes n after the elections ll merge his party with congress. be alert guys. even raj has started his campaign against north indians. be alert guys be alert. dont fall for her trap!! stay together.

peter g. said...

it would be a very naive person indeed who thinks that Robert Vadra was into all these alleged shady business transactions on his own, without the knowledge or patronage of his wife and mother-in-law. DLF is run by top of the line managers and policy experts.They are one of the top-of-the-line corporate houses in India today. They would not even give a non-entity like Vadra the time of day leave alone an unsecured loan of crores and other favors without having SG in the picture as they will have to get their pound of flesh later on .If it weren't for SG ,rest assured that Vadra would not be able to get a one rupee loan from this corporate giant .You will be definitely aware of this Mr.Raman,I presume.