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Vadra needs to answer: Kejriwal

 NEW DELHI, Oct 6 (IANS): Anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal Saturday stuck to his allegations against Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, saying he had just put certain facts in public domain which need to be answered.

India Against Corruption (IAC) leader Kejriwal and his lawyer colleague Prashant Bhushan alleged Friday that Vadra had bought property in Gurgaon and other places at below market rates and sold them at a huge profit.

"We are not passing a judgement. We have put certain facts in the public domain. Why doesn't he (Vadra) answer them," Kejriwal asked while speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar.

The Congress has defended Vadra.

Asking why real estate giant DLF sold properties worth Rs.35 crore to Vadra for Rs.5 crore, Kejriwal said: "I am ready to face defamation charges if the corruption charges against Robert Vadra are proven wrong. Why is the Congress silent on the merits of the case."

"The charges against him are baseless and malicious," Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit said.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad and CPI-M leader Brinda Karat demanded a probe into the matter.

Anna Hazare has sought a judicial probe into Vadra's assets.

Kejriwal denied he was targeting Vadra for being related to the Gandhis and also to get mileage for his yet-to-be-named political outfit and challenged the news channel to get the businessman to answer the charges.

"People will not agree we targeted him for being Gandhi's son-in-law," said Kejriwal.

The activist also denied Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid's charge that he was indulging in blackmail by levelling false charges against Vadra.

Claiming to be neutral, the activist said both the Congress and the BJP alleged that he was their rival's agent.

Stating he had not read the reports about the DLF-Vadra link published in The Economic Times newspaper in March 2011, Kejriwal said there was no harm in repeating the same.

Kejriwal also launched a 'bijli-paani satyagraha' Saturday to protest against alleged inflated power and water bills in Delhi.

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