Governor HR Bhardwaj on Monday rubbished the charges made on Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra by India Against Corruption (IAC). Bhardwaj, who has been Union law minister in earlier Congress governments, said that many such charges had been made against the Gandhi family in the past but they all fell apart like nine pins.
Recalling that many charges were made against Indira Gandhi by former prime minister Morarji Desai, he said that all of them (allegations) were baseless.
IAC members Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan have alleged that real estate developer DLF had favoured Vadra by giving him interest-free loans of `65 crore.
Bhardwaj also questioned the manner in which the IAC and the civil society members were undertaking protests to root out corruption. He said they were taking law into their hands and dictating terms to solve problems.
“Is Kejriwal an expert? Why do these people go beyond legal and legislative affairs? If I was the law minister I would have not allowed anybody to do my job of drafting the law,” he said.
Bhardwaj also criticised the opposition parties for leveling allegations against prime minister Manmohan Singh. He said that they should take note of prime minister’s image before making allegations.
On the Cauvery water dispute, he said that both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu should go by facts and help each other. He said that the agitational approach would only add to Karnataka’s problem and that it should resolved in a spirit of cooperation between two sister states or adjoining states. Bhardwaj, who has had a stormy relationship with the BJP government in the past, said that he has not written to the government on the Cauvery issue.