Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Thursday reacted to the allegations about her allegedly acquiring properties and released a statement stating that the funds for the mentioned property or anything else acquired by her had no relation with her husband Robert Vadra’s finances or Skylight or DLF, according to ANI. Gandhi’s statement claimed that such allegations against her appeared to have been based on questionable documents and had been publicised deliberately. The statement further alleged that the statements were ‘politically motivated’ and ‘malicious’ in intent.
According to a report by ANI, a statement from Priyanka’s office stated, “Six years prior to the purported “land deal involving Skylight Hospitality” on April 28, 2006 Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, purchased 40 Kanal 00 Marla (= 5.0 acres) of agricultural land in Village Amipur, Tehsil Faridabad, District Faridabad in Haryana.” The statement further says, “Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra paid applicable Stamp Duty of 4 percent (applying to a women purchaser of rural agricultural land) amounting to Rs. 60,000 (Rupees Sixty Thousand) on the purchase price of Rs. 15, 00,000….Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra resold the said land to the original vendor pursuant to a right of first refusal on February 17, 2010 (four years later) for a sale price of Rs. 80,00,000 entirely by cheque which is the equivalent of Rs. 16,00,000 (Rupees Sixteen Lacs) per acre and was the prevailing market rate at that time.”
Earlier this week, the Enforcement Directorate had raided multiple locations in Faridabad in connection with the Bikaner land scam, which was allegedly connected to a company linked to Priyanka Gandhi’s husband, Robert Vadra. Earlier the ED had issued a notice to a firm linked to Vadra, while Ms Skylight Hospitality had been given a period of two weeks to properly present the financial statements along with other relevant documents to the Investigating Officer in the case.
Earlier, IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had made it to national headlines after the cancellation of a land deal between Robert Vadra’s company and realty company DLF had claimed that there had been no action taken against. any scam so far. “No action still on any scam, whether land, license or seeds. New Gwal Pahari (MC Gurgaon) land scam. Effective action missing. Only eyewash,” Khemka, Principal Secretary to Government of Haryana, Science and Technology Department, had tweeted.