PMO terms records related to affidavit in Robert Vadra land deals case as confidential

New Delhi/June 12
While refusing to divulge the records pertaining to an affidavit that was filed in Allahabad High Court in Robert Vadra’s controversial land deals case, the Prime Minister’s office termed the documents as confidential.
While replying to RTI query filed by a Lucknow based activist Nutan Thakur, the PMO first claimed that since the matter was sub-judice, they can divulge details after which Thakur argued that such details can only be withheld when there is explicit order from the court for not disclosing it.
However, later the PMO said that they are withholding the documents after keeping in view a Supreme Court ruling and has sought exemption as the matter has been treated as confidential.
She had filed a writ petition last year before the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court seeking probe into the allegations of irregular land dealings against Vadra leveled by Arvind Kejriwal. However, the petition was dismissed after Indian government, in an affidavit, had submitted that the petition was based on general newspaper reports that cannot be treated as true.
As per reports, in its affidavit, the PMO had termed the allegations regarding irregular land dealings between Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President chief Sonia Gandhi and real estate major DLF as false and based on heresay and vexatious.