Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, on Saturday night angrily pushed away the mike of a reporter when he was asked about his land deals. The incident took place in Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi.
Vadra was heard saying in the video to the reporter, “Put your camera off, are you nuts?” He even asked his guards to get the reporter to delete the video footage. Vadra had earlier answered a couple of questions posed by a reporter inside Ashoka Hotel.
“… I mean, are you serious? Are you serious? Are you serious? Are you serious?” Vadra kept asking repeatedly, as he lost his temper and stared into the eyes of the reporter and shoved the microphone away.
The reporter was seeking Vadra’s reaction to the decision of the new BJP government in Haryana to investigate all land deals whether it involves Vadra or the former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda or anyone else.
“What is wrong with you?” he said from a distance as he was led away by his security guards.
At this stage, the reporter was heard saying that his question was legitimate. To this, Vadra responded asking whether the reporter was the right person to whom the questions on the land deals should be answered.
Newly-appointed Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and other ministers had earlier announced that the new government would inquire into all land scams, including the controversial deal between Vadra and realty giant DLF.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had raised the Vadra land deal while campaigning for the Lok Sabha election and urged the Election Commission to look into the matter.
Vadra’s office later issued a statement. It said that the event in which the incident took place was a private one and the media was not supposed to be there. Vadra thought it was a private photographer who asked him the question and not a reporter from ANI.