The Congress has attacked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government over the FIR against Robert Vadra and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for alleged irregularities in land deals and said it was an attempt to divert attention from issues like Rafale agreement and demonetisation.
An FIR against Vadra, who is Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, Hooda and two companies has been registered at Kherki Daula police station in Gurgaon, Manesar Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajesh Kumar had said on Saturday.
As assembly elections in four states and next year’s general elections draw near, the “fake news factory and dirty tricks department of Modi government-BJP act maliciously in pursuit of their vicious propaganda”, Congress’ communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said in a statement.
He accused the government of serving a new set of “manufactured lies” through “false and fake FIRs against political opponents”.
This, Surjewala alleged, was being done to divert attention from the the Rafale deal, the demonetisation “scam”, the 12 lakh crore “loot” through hike in prices of petrol and diesel, and the rapidly falling rupee and “failing” economy, among other things.
The FIR said Vadra’s company Skylight Hospitality Pvt Ltd purchased 3.5 acre of land in Gurgaon’s Sector 83 from Onkareshwar Properties for Rs 7.50 crore in 2008, when Hooda was the chief minister and also held the portfolio of the Town and County Planning Department.