Irani added that Bhandari's name has been found in the involvement of how documents from the defence is given to the contractors.
Union minister Smriti Irani today sought to corner Congress president Rahul Gandhi for alleged links with arms dealers and involvement in defence contracts. Irani, who gave a tough fight to Rahul Gandhi in the Congress bastion of Amethi in 2014, alleged that Gandhi is hiding behind Robert Vadra and accused him of intervention in defence preparedness due to his pursuits of family and commercial interests. Irani also accused Rahul of involvement in the Bikaner land scam.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Irani slammed the Gandhis and said, “In the past 24 hours, the facts that have come out in news, indicates how Gandhi-Vadra family has described “parivarik brashtachar”.” Irani referred to a media report and said documents showing transactions between Rahul Gandhi and H L Pahawan, are now in public domain. Irani further claimed that seized documents reveal that Robert Vadra was just a part of the whole land scam.
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“Hence, the nation has come to a conclusion, that Rahul Gandhi’s intervention in the defence preparedness of our country stems from his pursuit not only of individual politics but his personal commercial interests, his personal family interests,” Irani added.
“It’s Rahul Gandhi who is hiding behind Robert Vadra now, saale sahab khud janata ko bataein ki raksha saudon mein unki(RG) itni ruchi kyun hain,vo bataein ki kya desh ki suraksha ko chand rupayon ke liye,land ke liye,Rahul Gandhi ne kya shaheed karne ka prayas kiya?” ANI quoted Irani as saying.
She also took on Robert Vadra and his alleged links with Sanjay Bhandari, an arms dealer. “Sanjay Bhandari, an arms dealer with close links to Robert Vadra is also under investigation for defence deals & his desperate desire to be a party to the ill-gotten fruits of corruption during UPA regime,” Irani said.
“CC Thampi is a name that figures in probe with regard to not only a petroleum deal under UPA but also financial violation with regard to land transaction in Delhi NCR amounting to Rs 280 cr. A relationship between CC Thampi and arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari is publicly known,” she said.
Irani added that Bhandari’s name has been found in the involvement of how documents from the defence is given to the contractors. She added that the relation of Bhandari and Robert Vadra were established in London Benami transactions.
“In connection with Rafale files, the involvement of Sanjay Bhandari has been found in how documents are stolen from Defence Dept & info is provided to defence contractors. Relation between Sanjay Bhandari and Robert Vadra were established in relation to benami properties in London,” she added.
Irani’s attack against the Congress president comes at a time when the Congress party has targetted the Modi government over the Rafale deal.