BJP chief shares old letter from Priyanka Gandhi confirming sale of MF Husain’s painting to Rana Kapoor
BJP leader RP Singh tweeted an old letter signed by Priyanka Gandhi which confirms the sale of a painting by MF Husain to Yes Bank co-founder Rana Kapoor.
The painting worth Rs 2 crore purchased by Rana Kapoor from Priyanka Gandhi.
BJP national spokesperson RP Singh on Sunday shared a letter allegedly written by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi which confirms whether Rana Kapoor bought an MF Husain painting for Rs 2 crore.
Taking to Twitter, Singh shared a letter signed by Priyanka Gandhi, thanking Rana Kapoor for purchasing a portrait of Rajiv Gandhi, painted by MF Husain.
“I acknowledge receipt of your letter together with your payment of Rs 2 crore representing full and final payment for the painting of the subject. I trust that you are aware of the historical value of this work and will ensure its placement in an environment befitting his stature,” the letter read.
— RP Singh National BJP Spokesperson (@rpsinghkhalsa) April 24, 2022
In a statement to the Law Enforcement Branch, Yes Bank co-founder Rana Kapoor claimed he was coerced into buying a Priyanka Gandhi painting and the proceeds from the sale were used for the medical treatment of Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi in New York.
Kapoor also told ED that Ahmed Patel, a close confidant of Sonia Gandhi, told him that by supporting the Gandhi family at an opportune time for Sonia Gandhi’s medical treatment, I (Kapoor) accomplished a good deed for the family and he would be duly considered for the “Padma Bhushan” award.
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The banker is currently in police custody following his arrest in a money laundering case in March 2020.
Sources said the painting was the property of Congress and not Priyanka Gandhi, but was sold to Kapoor by Priyanka Gandhi anyway. They added that Rana Kapoor, then director of Yes Bank, had been persuaded by Congress leader Milind Deora.
Every amount invested by Rana Kapoor in properties is proceeds of crime, just like the Rs 2 crore that was used to buy this painting, a source told India Today.