Kapoor has advised the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that he was “compelled” to purchase the M F Husain portray from Priyanka Gandhi and the sale proceeds have been utilised by the Gandhi household for the medical therapy of Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New York, in response to the cost sheet filed by the federal anti-money laundering company in a particular court docket in Mumbai.
He additionally mentioned that he was advised by the then petroleum minister Murli Deora that refusal to purchase the portray is not going to solely forestall him from constructing a relationship with the Gandhi household but additionally forestall him from getting the ‘Padma Bhushan’ award, it acknowledged.
Addressing a press convention on the BJP headquarters right here, Bhatia mentioned that “…when the Congress was in energy, members of the Gandhi household used to place stress on social gathering leaders to make sure the portray is purchased”.
“Priyanka Gandhi put stress to make sure that the portray value Rs 2 crore is purchased by Kapoor,” he mentioned.
Stating that he had paid a cheque of Rs 2 crore, Kapoor claimed that “Milind Deora (son of the late Murli Deora and former Congress MP) later conveyed to him confidentially that the sale proceeds have been utilised by the Gandhi household for the medical therapy of Sonia Gandhi in New York”, in response to the cost sheet.
BJP’s IT Cell head Amit Malviya mentioned it’s fairly clear from Kapoor’s confession to the ED that the “Gandhis and Congress will not be simply extortionist however have been additionally promoting the nation’s highest civilian honour to the best bidder or durbaris, who did their bidding. It was an instrument to purchase loyalty or silence”.
Bhatia claimed that Kapoor didn’t wish to give Rs 2 crore for the portray, however the ministers of the Congress authorities put stress on him that if he doesn’t purchase the portray from Priyanka Gandhi, then the Gandhi household will wreak havoc on him.
The allegations made by Kapoor are a part of the ED cost sheet filed towards him and others in a Mumbai particular court docket.