BJP Mounts Attack on Congress, Asks Party to Explain Links Between Robert Vadra, Absconding Arms Dealer Sanjay Bhandari News Desk
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New Delhi, Oct 17: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today launched an all out offensive against Congress questioning Robert Vadra’s dubious deals with absconding arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.

Referring to media reports which claimed that Bhandari booked air tickets for Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra in 2012, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asked whether Congress’ silence over the matter should be considered its acceptance of a nexus between the two.

“Why the senior leadership of the Congress party, including the president and vice-president, are keeping a studied silence over the matter,” Sitharaman told reporters during a regular media briefing at BJP headquarters in New Delhi. (Also Read: Did arms dealer buy mansion for Robert Vadra in London?)

“Is Congress leadership, by being silent, implying they knew of it? Tickets were booked from Nice in France to Zurich, Switzerland. His (Robert Vadra’s) house in London was also refurbished,” she added.

A report in Times Now claimed that Sanjay Bhandari booked business-class tickets for Robert Vadra in 2012. Reports had earlier claimed that Vadra’s London flat at in Bryanston Square was refurbished by Bhandari in 2016. (Also Read: CBI case against Bikaner land deals an attempt of malicious persecution: Vadra)

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 Files 18 Cases, Companies Linked to Robert Vadra Under Scanner)

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.