Under pressure after the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) produced evidences of his link with arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari in the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law Robert Vadra has refuted all such allegations, claiming 'the whole issue regarding him is a farce'.
Responding to the charges leveled against him, Vadra posted a message on social media, which read, "It used to amaze in the beginning but now it has become a wholesale farce that the BJP rakes up my name every time they are cornered whether its the falling rupee, soaring oil prices or this latest number when thy have been totally exposed selling out the nation on Rafale. Having all the agencies under their beck and call....no one knows better than the present government and the BJP that they have indulged in a baseless political witch hunt against me for the last 4 years. Instead they should man up with their 56" chests and tell the nation the truth about the RAFALE deal rather than hiding behind a bunch of lies that the people are fed up of hearing them repeat!!"
His claims comes a day after the BJP brought out e-mails and photos indicating a link between Vadra and Bhandari, via Sumit Chadha. In the first allegation, BJP produced an e-mail and photo evidence to indicate a direct link between the brother-in-law of the Congress President and the arms dealer. Sambit Patra, spokesperson of BJP said, "A mail-trail between Sanjay Bhandari, Robert Vadra and his assistance Manoj Arora has been recovered in the raids. One of the mails reveals that one Sumit Chadha, a relative of Sanjay Bhandari, bought an estate worth Rs 19 crore for Robert Vadra in London.
"The address of the mansion is 12 Ellerton house, Branton square, which was bought in October 2009. And, Bhandari has accepted the exchange of this mail-trail with Robert Vadra. Email, dating back to October 4, 2010, wherein Vadra and Chadha speaks about 35 thousand pound for the refurbishing of the mansion bought for Vadra."
It was then followed by two more e-mails, which were flight tickets of Robert Vadra, sent to him by Bhandari. "Sanjay Bhandari, who had a travel agency -Bhandari Travel Agent International Travel Home, sent emails to Vadra. The email had tickets in them. He sent two tickets to him in a month. Per ticket was worth Rs 8 lakh.
"First mail was sent on August 7, 2012 and Vadra flew on August 13, 2012. And, second mail was sent on August 17, 2012, which had ticket of a Swiss flight to Zurich. When the deal was happening in India, money was getting transferred, Vadra was going to Zurich. Rahul Gandhi will have to answer what was Robert Vadra doing in Zurich with a bag of cash," said Batra while speaking about the proof.