- Robert Vadra appears to have close links to Sanjay Bhandari, says BJP
- Bhandari is arms dealer wanted for corruption, fled India last year
- Congress must explain if he bought flights and more for Vadra: BJP
"Why is the senior leadership of the Congress silent on the Vadra matter? They need to answer on the relationship between arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and Robert Vadra," she said at a press conference. She also said that emails indicate that Mr Bhandari paid for Mr Vadra's London flat to be renovated in 2016. Mr Vadra had refuted those reports at the time.
"In this case... Congress' first family's son-in-law is linked to the person in question. Then, why shouldn't questions be raised... even though he is a private citizen... any party has right to raise questions ...we (BJP) will too," she claimed.
In the evening, Mr Gandhi attacked the government on Twitter over a controversy over crony capitalism involving BJP chief Amit Shah's son, Jay Shah. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "Conduct any investigation that you choose, and come to a conclusion through a free and fair process of law of any wrong doing."
Ms Sitharaman said there are multiple grey areas involving Mr Vadra and Mr Bhandari including emails and bank account transactions that suggest financial dealings between them.
Mr Vadra has been investigated for allegedly getting sweetheart land deals in Haryana when the Congress governed the state. A report by a judge has been shared with Chief Minister ML Khattar who took charge of the Haryana after the BJP displaced the Congress in 2014. The report has not yet been made public; the BJP says it's being studied by the Supreme Court; leaks state that Mr Vadra is indicted along with former Chief Minister BS Hooda of the Congress. Mr Vadra was not interrogated in person by Justice SN Dhingra, who handled the inquiry.
Mr Vadra and Mr Hooda as also his party have denied any wrongdoing and described the investigation as a political witch-hunt.