oppn parties Varun Gandhi: Hushing Up Will Not Do

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  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
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  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Varun Gandhi: Hushing Up Will Not Do

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Varun Gandhi is in the eye of a storm. An Amercian lawyer and whistleblower Edmonds Allen, erstwhile business partner of arms broker Abhishek Verma, has stirred a hornet’s nest by alleging that Verma had honey trapped Gandhi into disclosing information about defence deals by videotaping his indiscretions with foreign escorts and prostitutes. Gandhi had access to some defence information as he was member of the defence consultative committee of the Indian parliament in his capacity as an MP.

Gandhi on his part has told The Indian Express newspaper that “anyone who knows about the defence committee knows that there is no secret or confidential information that is ever shared with the committee. I have heard wild and nonsensical allegations but there is not a shred or iota of proof or evidence to substantiate any of these insane claims. It is very easy to attempt to blacken someone’s good name. I have taken this very seriously. I find it seriously defamatory and will be taking legal action.”

It could be that Edmonds Allen wants to settle scores with Abhishek Verma and is hence using Gandhi’s past proximity with him to stir up a controversy. When people fall out they often use props to hit at each other. Hence, it could be possible that Edmonds Allen is using Gandhi as a prop in his fight against Verma.

On the other hand, by making these serious allegations, Edmonds Allen must be aware that he is exposing himself to defamation charges if they are not true. He has provided a CD that he claims was sourced from Verma. The CD contains some pictures of Varun Gandhi with foreign women. That in itself is not incriminating evidence. But if there are more CD’s and videotapes and if they were used as alleged, the matter is serious.

The government needs to first establish if secret defence deals were shared with members of defence consultative committee when Gandhi was attached to it. Then it needs to establish whether Gandhi still has connections with Verma. After that, the veracity of the CD’s and videotapes need to be established. If all the above, or even some of it, is true, then the matter needs to be investigated thoroughly. It does not matter what Varun Gandhi does to save himself and his name. If information about the country’s defence deals were passed on to an arms broker by an MP, it is a very serious matter that needs to be probed urgently.