Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra along with former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has been in the news recently because of their alleged involvement in an investment case. Vadra has been involved in a controversy with DLF since 2012. Priyanka Gandhi on Thursday released a statement reacting to the allegations against her husband which also involves herself too. In her statement, Gandhi has stated that she has no relation to her husband’s finances or his firm Skylight Hospitality or real estate giant DLF. As reported by an Indian Express report, the 5 acres of land that was bought and then sold in Amipur, Faridabad district by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra form part of the land parcels which have been under the scanner of enforcement agencies — two persons have already been summoned and questioned — and purportedly figure in the Justice S N Dhingra Commission report on alleged irregularities in Haryana land deals.
According to an ANI report, the statement released by Priyanka Gandhi said, “Six years prior to the purported “land deal involving Skylight Hospitality” on April 28, 2006, Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, purchased 40 Kanal 00 Marla (= 5.0 acres) of agricultural land in Village Amipur, Tehsil Faridabad, District Faridabad in Haryana.” The statement further says, “Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra paid applicable Stamp Duty of 4 percent (applying to a women purchaser of rural agricultural land) amounting to Rs. 60,000 (Rupees Sixty Thousand) on the purchase price of Rs. 15, 00,000….Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra resold the said land to the original vendor pursuant to a right of first refusal on February 17, 2010 (four years later) for a sale price of Rs. 80,00,000 entirely by cheque which is the equivalent of Rs. 16,00,000 (Rupees Sixteen Lacs) per acre and was the prevailing market rate at that time.”
According to an Indian Express report dated October 2012, DLF while talking about its links the land purchase in question stated that a Rs 15 crore advance was given to Robert Vadra’s Skylight Group for the construction of a proposed township in Amipur but it was scrapped afterwards. They said, “In 2008-09, Skylight Group offered us an opportunity to purchase a parcel of land in Faridabad and accordingly, DLF advanced Rs 15 crore in instalments. After concluding the due diligence, we found that there were legal infirmities in the land parcel and decided against the purchase. Accordingly, we requested for refund of our advance which was refunded in totality by the Skylight Group. Subsequent to this, we have no interest or involvement whatever in Amipur or Faridabad.”