Rana Kapoor has “cleverly accused people who find themselves not alive”, a Congress chief mentioned in the present day in response to the Sure Financial institution co-founder’s allegations in opposition to veteran leaders of the grand outdated social gathering, the late Murli Deora and Ahmed Patel.
Kapoor, an accused in a cash laundering case, has informed the Enforcement Directorate that he was “compelled” to purchase an M F Husain portray from Congress’s Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and the sale proceeds have been utilised by the Gandhi household for the therapy of social gathering president Sonia Gandhi in New York.
The statements are a part of a supplementary chargesheet filed by the central company in a particular court docket.
Mr Kapoor has mentioned that the portray was bought to him in a “drive sale for which I used to be by no means prepared”. He mentioned then petroleum minister Murli Deora had informed him that delay in buying it “might have opposed repercussion on my and my Sure Financial institution and that it could additionally “not allow me ever to construct a relationship with the Gandhi household”. Additionally, Mr Deora informed him that not shopping for the portray will even wreck his probabilities of being awarded a Padma Bhushan.
“What are you able to count on from an individual accused in a Rs 5000 crore rip-off? He has cleverly accused people who find themselves not alive,” mentioned a Congress chief in response to the allegations.
Kapoor has claimed that he had paid Rs 2 crore for the portray and that Milind Deora, former Congress MP and son of Murli Deora, had later informed him that the sale proceeds have been utilised by the Gandhi household for the therapy of Mrs Gandhi in New York.
Kapoor has additionally mentioned that Ahmed Patel, shut confidante of Sonia Gandhi, had informed him that by supporting the Gandhi household on the opportune time, “I had carried out deed for the household and it could be duly thought of for the ‘Padma Bhushan’ award.”
“Beneath this risk and in opposition to my household’s needs, since we aren’t high-value Artwork Collectors, I couldn’t afford to ask any type of enmity with the 2 highly effective households concerned and thus I needed to hesitatingly proceed given the looming and overhanging risk concerned,” Mr Kapoor has informed the Enforcement Directorate, states the chargesheet.
Kapoor has mentioned formalities for closing the deal have been held at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s workplace. “Milind Deora had actively coordinated this closing closing assembly. I want to state that for this deal, I had made a cost of Rs 2 crore by way of a cheque of my private account in HSBC Financial institution,” he mentioned.
Kapoor has, nonetheless, harassed that he “by no means met anyone from the Gandhi household”.
The Enforcement Directorate has alleged that Kapoor and Dewan Housing Finance Restricted (DHFL) promoters Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan siphoned off funds value Rs 5,050 crore by way of suspicious transactions.
Kapoor is at present in judicial custody following his arrest within the case in March 2020. The Wadhwans too are in jail custody after their arrest in one other case.