Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday commented on his blog on the expose on Rahul Gandhi's links with Sanjay Bhandari over the Rafale deal and negotiations for the Eurofighter deal during the UPA rule. Rahul Gandhi had been attacking the Centre and PM Modi alleging corruption in the Rafale deal.
Jaitley concludes his blog commenting on the expose saying that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Sanjay Bhandari is a arms dealer who is under the lens of Enforcement Directorate.
"While I was finalising this blog, an online site carried a detailed analysis of the unjust enrichment of the extended Gandhi family. While on the subject of cleaning public life, a relevant issue which many people raise with regard to several Indian politicians and their extended families living well without working. The expose with regard to the extended Gandhi family provides you with an answer. While conventionally many may have relied on straightway corruption through bribery, a new methodology has now been established. Wheeler-dealers and fly-by-night operators give you the privilege of ‘sweetheart deals’. With very little investment, windfall profits are thrust on a few privileged ones to enable them to create a capital. ‘Political equity’ results in buying goodwill. It enables you to influence decisions. When exposed, the beneficiaries hide behind the shield of ‘clever business decisions.’ If the ‘capital creation’ of the Congress Party’s first family is subjected to a forensic audit, facts will speak for themselves. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones."
Republic TV had written about the OpIndia report on suspicious land deals which were made through one HL Pahwa who was on CC Thampi's payroll. The documents show that the land dealings are between Rahul Gandhi and HL Pahwa. Pahwa is alleged to be on the payroll of CC Thampi, who is connected to both Sanjay Bhandari and Robert Vadra. Bhandari is under the scanner of the I-T department and the ED for allegedly receiving kickbacks from petroleum and defence deals under the UPA.