BJP drags Priyanka into ‘graft’ in land deal

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The BJP on Wednesday dragged Congress General Secretary and and Rahul Gandhi's sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra into alleged corruption involving land deal in Haryana's Faridabad.

Addressingmedia, Union Minister Smriti Irani said the news reports have brought to thefore a relation between H.L. Pahwa, alleged to be on the payroll of C.C.Thampi, who is connected to both alleged arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari andPriyanka's husband Robert Vadra.

"Gandhi (Rahul)has procured land from H.L. Pahwa through a conduit-representative MaheshNagar. Nagar also represented Vadra in land purchasing case under investigationin Haryana and Rajasthan," Irani said.

She said H.L. Pahwahad a similar give-and-take with Priyanka Vadra as well.

Accordingto the documents issued by BJP, Priyanka bought 5-acre land in Faridabad fromPahwa in Amipur village for Rs 15 lakh. She sold this land back to Pahwa in Rs80 lakh in June 2009.

Irani said what wasalso brought to light was a connection between Pahwa and Vadra in the landpurchase as news reports highlight the financial inability of Pahwa to get intoa financial arrangement with Gandhi-Vadra family.

"Henceto support the financial relationship, reports have suggested that Pahwa wassuitably financed and supported by C.C. Thampi. Investigation have found amoney trail between Thampi and Pahwa amounting to Rs 54 crore," Iraniadded.

Pahwa'seconomic condition wasn't good enough to buy back the same land at an inflatedrate which he had first sold to the Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

"That is why aperson named C.C. Thampi gave him over Rs 50 crore," she said.

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