1. Vadra land deal: Justice Dhingra Commission finds irregularities in grant of licences, names accused in 182-page report

Vadra land deal: Justice Dhingra Commission finds irregularities in grant of licences, names accused in 182-page report

The Justice S N Dhingra commission has found irregularities in the granting of licences for land to private firms by the then Haryana government led by Congress' Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

By: | Updated: August 31, 2016 5:04 PM
Robert Vadra and his wife Priyanka Vadra. (Source: IE) Vadra-DLF land deal: Vadra was accused of transferring his licence to DLF in violation of the law and causing a huge loss to revenue to the Haryana government. (Source: IE)

The Justice S N Dhingra commission has found irregularities in the granting of licences for land to private firms by the then Haryana government led by Congress’ Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Addressing a press conference today, Justice Dhingra said that he has submitted a three-part 182-page report of his probe into the land deals under the previous regime to present state Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Refusing to divulge more details of the report, Justice Dhingra, however, conceded that he has named all accused in his report and the state government may take further action accordingly.

Dhingra said that he has brought to light the manner in which irregularities were committed and who were the people behind them. “If there was no irregularity, then I wouldn’t have submitted an 182-page report,” he said.

Earlier, TV reports quoting sources had said that the panel has recommended action against Hooda, state administrative officials and companies of Robert Vadra for irregularities in land deals, causing a huge loss of revenue to the Haryana government. The reports said that the Commission found that then state CM Hooda did not follow the law and assigned land to firms in an “ad hoc manner”.

The single-member Dhingra Commission was set up by the BJP government in the state in May 2015 to probe the grant of licences for change in land use (CLU) in four villages of Gurgaon, including the licence granted to a company (Sky Light Hospitality Private Limited ) owned by Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress party president Sonia Gandhi.

The mandate of the Commission included probes into the circumstances of the grant or rejection of the licences for the development of colonies, group housing societies and commercial complexes in all those sectors of Gurgaon for which lands in the areas of Shikohpur, Sikanderpur, Badah and Kherki Dhaula were used, according to ANI.

The Commission has also probed whether the transfer of the licence by the original licensee within a short period of time was in violation of the law and caused a loss of revenue to the state government.

The commission got three extensions since the time in was formed. The irregularities in Vadra’s company, Skylight Hospitality, was pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)”. The CAG said that Vadra’s firm was granted a licence even as it had not submitted documents on financial adequacy.

Vadra, his wife Priyanka Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have previously denied any wrongdoing to acquire the land as the Congress was in power. Hooda also denied any wrongdoing and accused the BJP government in the state of “witch-hunting”.
(With inputs from agencies)

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