In a major setback to Robert Vadra, the probing agency CBI today registered 18 cases related to allotment of land to private companies in Rajasthan including those associated with him, PTI said. The development has come a week after the state government recommended a CBI probe into a number of “dubious” land deals in Bikaner, including cases allegedly involving a company promoted by Robert Vadra, a state minister had said, as per Indian Express.
As per PTI report, the state government had earlier written a letter to the CBI for a probe in land scams in Bikaner, including those companies that are linked to Robert Vadra. The Congress had accused the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP Government in the state of misusing the probing agency ahead of Assembly polls.
“As many as 18 FIRs are registered and 4 of them are against Vadra’s company which was allegedly involved in the illegal purchase of nearly 275 bigha land. All the 18 FIRs are in connection with the purchase of close to 1400 bigha land in fake names,” Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria was quoted as saying by PTI last week.
He had also alleged that the company related to Robert Vadra was the third party to purchase 275 bigha land in 2010 and it sold some parts of the land to the fourth party in 2012, the agency added. “When the matter came to light, 18 FIRs were registered. Four FIRs are related to Vadra’s company and now the state government has written to the CBI to investigate them altogether. The issue was also raised in the state assembly in 2014,” Kataria was quoted as saying further by the agency.
“BJP misuses CBI, ED and other agencies for political gains. In this alleged land scam case, the state government had formed a committee but the committee?s findings were not disclosed by the government,” PTI quoted state Congress president Sachin Pilot as saying while reacting to the development.
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“Those who have been arrested in the land scam are connected with BJP. If BJP people are being arrested in the land scam, then we are ready for any probe,” he was quoted as saying by the agency.