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India's Congress party rejects investigating Gandhi's son-in-law

India's ruling party won't investigate an alleged property scam involving the the son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi.

NEW DELHI // India's ruling Congress party has rejected demands for an investigation into an alleged property scam involving the son-in-law of the party president, Sonia Gandhi.

On Friday, Arvind Kejriwal, a prominent anti-corruption activist, called for an investigation into businessman Robert Vadra, who he said bought property worth millions of dollars at "throwaway prices" from real estate company DLF.

"An inquiry into what?" asked party spokesman Manish Tewari. "Is a business transaction between two private entities, duly reported to the statutory authorities, illegal? Is it a crime?"

The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has backed the call for an investigation.

"Everyone would like to know why was he given the houses and lands at throwaway prices. The nation must be informed," said Mr Kejriwal, who claimed that DLF got government favours in return. He made the charge days after launching a new political party and dared Mr Vadra to file a defamation suit challenging the allegations.

The Gandhi-Nehru clan has ruled the country for most of its post-independence history.

DLF said it had never sold Mr Vadra any property "at a throwaway price" and received no "undue benefit" from the government.

* Agence France-Presse