1. Rajasthan Government recommends CBI probe in Bikaner land deals

Rajasthan Government recommends CBI probe in Bikaner land deals

The Rajasthan Government has suggested an investigation by CBI in a number of dubious” land deals in Bikaner, which also included a company promoted by Robert Vadra, state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria has said.

By: | New Delhi | Published: August 23, 2017 9:59 AM
CBI, Congress, BJP, Rajasthan, Bikaner, Robert Vadra The Congress has accused the BJP government in the state of misusing central agencies ahead of the Assembly elections due next year. (PTI)

The Rajasthan Government has suggested an investigation by CBI in a number of dubious” land deals  in Bikaner, which also included a company promoted by Robert Vadra, state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria has said. The deals, which originated at the time of compensation process to villagers for the land acquired for the Mahajan field firing range, led to 18 FIRs since 2014. Among these, four are against Skylight Hospitality promoted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law.

“It’s not just about Vadra. Out of the 18 FIRs, only four are against Skylight Hospitality. It is a huge conspiracy with involvement of government officials,” Kataria was quoted as saying by the paper.“Land was allotted to fake beneficiaries and sold and resold several times. So only a fair probe will reveal the truth,” he told Indian Express further.

Last year, the Rajasthan Police had given clean chit to Vadra, saying he was a victim of fraud. However,  a day after the police and Kataria denied any clean chit saying probe is still pending in the case. The Congress has accused the BJP government in the state of misusing central agencies ahead of the Assembly elections due next year.

“BJP misuses CBI, ED and other agencies for political gains… the state government had formed a committee but its findings were not disclosed,” state Congress president Sachin Pilot said here on Tuesday. “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 told PTI, as per report.

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