Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra releases statement on claims of ill-gotten wealth, says her property has no link to Robert Vadra’s finances

Uddipta Das
The official statement states that the money to buy land came from her inheritance from her grandmother, former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi and not husband Robert Vadra or his finances.

New Delhi, April 27: Reacting to media reports which allegedly claimed that Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra acquired properties illegally, she released a statement on Thursday which clarifies that the property in question has no link to her husband Robert Vadra’s finances or Skylight or DLF. She further stated that the claims of ill-gotten wealth which appeared in media seems to be an attempt to ‘besmirch’ her reputation. It further stated that such claims were based on questionable documents and seemed to be politically motivated.

The official statement released by Gandhi states that her property in Faridabad was not acquired using finances of Robert Vadra but instead the money used to buy the 5 acres of land came from her inheritance money from her grandmother, former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi.

The excerpts from the official statement is “Six years prior to the purported “land deal involving Skylight Hospitality” on April 28, 2006 Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, purchased 40 Kanal 00 Marla (= 5.0 acres) of agricultural land in Village Amipur, Tehsil Faridabad, District Faridabad in Haryana,” .

It further said that the land was purchased for a total purchase price of Rs. 15, 00,000 paid for entirely by cheque, which is the equivalent of Rs. 3, 00,000 per acre.

“The source of funds for the aforesaid purchase was rental income of Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from property inherited by her from her grandmother Smt. Indira Gandhi. The source of funds for this or any other property acquired by Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has no relationship whatsoever with Shri Robert Vadra’s finances and/or Skylight Hospitality and no relationship whatsoever with DLF,” it added.

The press release said the prevailing Collector Rate for agricultural land in Village Amipur, Tehsil Faridabad for 2006-07 and as of April 28, 2006 (the date of purchase) was Rs. 3, 00,000 per acre.

“Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra paid applicable Stamp Duty of 4 percent (applying to a women purchaser of rural agricultural land) amounting to Rs. 60,000 (Rupees Sixty Thousand) on the purchase price of Rs. 15, 00,000.

“Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra resold the said land to the original vendor pursuant to a right of first refusal on February 17, 2010 (four years later) for a sale price of Rs. 80,00,000 entirely by cheque which is the equivalent of Rs. 16,00,000 (Rupees Sixteen Lacs) per acre and was the prevailing market rate at that time,” it added.

The press release added that any allegations made by a leading daily in the purported article and/or any headline which besmirches the reputation of Gandhi will appear to be based upon certain questionable documents and represent a deliberate, politically motivated and malicious campaign to besmirch and destroy her reputation.

“They will be entirely false, utterly baseless and defamatory,” it added.

(With inputs from ANI)