Smriti Irani sees Sonia-Vadra family link to Rafale deal, land scam cases
13 March 2019
Union Minister Smriti Irani has launched a scathing attack on the Sonia Gandhi and her family over their alleged role in the Bikaner land scam case and their meddling in the Rafale fighter jet deal. She fears the Sonia-Vadra link to arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and Dubai-based businessman CC Thampi.
“In the past 24 hours, many reports have come proving that the Sonia-Vadra family has been flourishing Ddynastic politics. The new facts which have come to the fore clearly establish a relationship between Rahul Gandhi and arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari,” the minister of textiles said at a press brief in the national capital.
Irani also sees a Sonia-Vadra family link with Dubai-based NRI businessman CC Thampi and Bhandari. “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 b/w CC Thampi and arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari is publicly known,” says Irani.
“Sanjay Bhandari, an arms dealer with close links to Robert Vadra is also under investigation for defence deals and his desperate desire to be a party to the ill-gotten fruits of corruption during UPA regime.
“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,” she added.
“In connection with Rafale files, involvement of Sanjay Bhandari has been found in how documents are stolen from Defence Department and info is provided to defence contractors. Relation between Sanjay Bhandari and Robert Vadra were established in relation to benami properties in London,” she said.
"The Sonia and Vadra family have exploited this country," she added.