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The Return Of Bob The Builder

Vadra’s exploits become hot property again thanks to a dogged IAS officer

The Return Of Bob The Builder
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The Return Of Bob The Builder
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The muscles certainly look rock-solid, but other things are apparently quite shaky. The man nicknamed FDI—or the First Damaad of India— will remain an embarrassment for the Congress party in the run-up to the 2014 general election. One can be quite certain that as the BJP and Narendra Modi campaigns pick up momentum, we will hear more of ‘burqa’, ‘biriyani’ and the ‘Delhi Sultanate’, depending on the constituency being addressed. And every now and then, ‘Vadra’ too will be added to the verbal armoury.

This Robert has already become quite the villain in public perception. The BJP is trying to lay claim to the story now but it had actually been sitting on it despite having all the documentation before the scandal broke out last year. It eventually needed a wildcard entry like India Against Corruption to go to town with this story on the nation’s most powerful son-in-law. The real estate acquisitions of Robert Vadra now seem set to be the icing on the cake of corruption allegations to be flung repeatedly on the Cong­ress in an election year. Especially given the fresh twist in the saga last week.

Briefly, the facts are as follows: Ashok Khemka, director-general, land consolidation and land records, as well as ins­pector-general, registration, in Haryana until October 2012, was examining the nexus between Haryana administration officials, DLF and Vadra when the IAC came out with its expose. After it broke,  Khemka ordered a formal inquiry into Sky Light Hospitality, a company owned by Robert...

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