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Republic Media Network on Tuesday broke a sensational exclusive story entailing never-before-seen papers that detail Congress president Rahul Gandhi's links and dealings with persons and entities that were at the time of the deals being probed by investigative agencies in connection with some of the biggest scams under the then UPA government
In the first of a two-part expose, the documents Republic Media Network has accessed reveal that Rahul Gandhi partook in a commercial property transaction with one of the main accused in the notorious 2G spectrum allocation that had rocked the nation when its details and scope had come out. The entity being probed was Sanjay Chandra-led Unitech and the documents reveal not only the initial transactions of Rahul Gandhi but also a string of payments that continued after that.
Sanjay Chandra's Unitech was allegedly one of the biggest beneficiaries of the 2G scam, having been awarded 20 out of 22 Telecom circles by then UPA Telecom Minister A Raja in 2008.
In October 2010, after Supreme Court asked the UPA to reply on a notice regarding 2G and just weeks before the CAG report on 2G was tabled in the Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi had signed a deal with Unitech to buy two office units in this Unitech’s ‘Signature Tower 2’ in Gurgaon. Rahul Gandhi had paid Rs 1.44 crore and Rs 5.36 crore for B-007 & B-008 in this plush tower.
The deal raises pertinent questions about the Congress president's deal with the 2G Scam accused.
In paragraph number 4 of the agreement, he allegedly made an advanced payment of Rs 95.27 lakh and Rs 3.54 crore for these two office units.
However, strangely, despite what appears to be a property deal between Rahul Gandhi and Unitech, the Congress president is allegedly paid back Rs.2.92 crore by the company as an interest income which increases dramatically and unevenly every year.
Rahul Gandhi allegedly received Rs.23.8 lakh as interest income in 2010-2011. This jumped to Rs 50.62 lakh in 2011-12 and 2012-13. This then further allegedly jumped to Rs 71 lakh in 2013-14 and then allegedly skyrockets to a whopping Rs. 95.9 lakhs in 2014-15.
In April 2012, Rahul Gandhi allegedly received Rs. 4.2 lakh per month from Unitech and this amount more than doubles and goes up to Rs. 8.85 lakh per month by September 2014.
This raises a number of questions:
Following the newsbreak, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has tweeted: