Absconding Arms Agent Sanjay Bhandari Booked Tickets For Robert Vadra in 2012: Report
New Delhi, Oct 17: Absconding arms agent Sanjay Bhandari had booked business-class tickets for Robert Vadra in 2012, said an investigation report. Documents accessed by Times Now reveal that there is clearly a link between Vadra and the fugitive arms dealer. The Vadra-Bhandari nexus is being talked about since it was revealed that Vadra’s London flat at in Bryanston Square was refurbished by Bhandari in 2016.
The documents – in the form of emails – revealed that the air tickets were booked through a travel agent Vishal Bajpai via Paharganj-based International Travel Home. The tickets – worth Rs 10 lakh and above – were first sent to Bhandari, who then sent them to Vadra. The business class tickets were booked in the name of Robert Vadra. (Also Read: CBI case against Bikaner land deals an attempt of malicious persecution: Vadra)
On August 7, 2012, International Travel Home sent two emails to Bhandari. The emails contained tickets – worth Rs 8 lakh – for an Emirates flight. Another email – sent at 4.58 PM – revealed that Vishal Bajpai booked another ticket for Vadra on Swiss flight (LX) 563 from Cote d’Azur airport in Nice to Zurich. (Also Read: CBI Files 18 Cases, Companies Linked to Robert Vadra Under Scanner)
Although Vadra has denied having any financial relationship with Bhandari, the question now arises if Vadra travelled on these tickets. What is interesting is that the tickets for Vadra were booked at a time when the fugitive arms dealer was being questioned for his role in swinging a jet trainer deal for Swiss company Pilatus. Also, the fact that one of the tickets was to Zurich, which also questions Vadra’s involvement in the Pilatus deal.
Following the ticket gate, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani targetted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi saying that she is “eagerly awaiting Rahul Ji’s poetic explanation for #VadraTicketGate”. The poetic explanation remark came two days after Rahul Gandhi targeted the government over the Global Hunger Index by citing a poem in a tweet. “If you are hungry, be patient! So what if you have no bread? Hunger is a hot topic, these days Of debate in the Delhi Durbar! – Dushyant Kr,” he wrote.