The Straits Times
Published on Oct 05, 2012

India's new anti-graft party targets Gandhi clan


NEW DELHI (AFP) - A new anti-corruption party accused the son-in-law of India's most powerful politician, Sonia Gandhi, of large-scale graft on Friday at a news conference targeting the country's famed ruling dynasty.

Social activist Arvind Kejriwal, who launched his as yet unnamed new party earlier in the week, accused Mrs Gandhi's businessman son-in-law Robert Vadra of benefiting from murky deals in real estate linked to property group DLF.

"We want to know how his wealth grew from five million rupees (S$110,000) to three billion in a span of three years?" he told the news conference in which he handed out papers he claimed were sourced from the registrar general's office.

There was no immediate comment available from Mr Vadra or from the registrar general's office but a spokesman for the ruling Congress party Manish Tewari called the allegations "completely baseless".