Smriti Irani accuses Sibal of land scam, business deals with ‘money launderer’

BJP on Thursday alleged a land scam purported to have been committed by senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal in association with an alleged money launderer and wanted to know whether such dealings were acceptable to its President Rahul Gandhi.

“Is it so natural for Congress leadership today to embrace money launderer, is it so natural to shake hand with those who are under investigation by the CBI in a bribery case”, Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani told reporters here.

She said of all the people why Mr Sibal, the then Law Minister under Manmohan Singh government, had to do business with a money launderer and someone being probed by the CBI “can be best answered by Mr Sibal himself”.

“May be some people will say it is the personal matter of Mr Sibal that he can purchase land from anyone, people might say Mr Sibal has the right to buy a company which has a shadowing existence, people might say Mr Sibal has the right to engage with a so-called money launderer, the question I would like to pose is whether this is politically acceptable to Mr Rahul Gandhi”, she said.

To a question on Mr Gandhi’s tweet on Prime Minister Narendra Modi vis-a-vis the CBSE question leak, Ms Irani skirted a direct reply and said “may be he can now tweet about this (the charge against Mr Sibal).

Ms Irani also said as she was addressing the media at the party office, she was not in a position to answer whether government will order a probe into the entire case.

She said during the tenure of UPA regime, Kapil Sibal and his wife are believed to have bought shares of a company – Grande Castello Private Limited and also land from one individual who was under CBI probe in a banking bribery case.

“How as a Union Minister he was willing to engage with someone with such background”, she asked.

Quoting reports in an Indian website and an South African publication, Ms Irani said Mr Sibal had denied purchasing any such property but his claims were disputed by the South African publication which claimed to have the auditors reports to substantiate the charge.

 

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