PIL on Haryana colony licences: Relief for Robert Vadra as CBI land probe demand axed

Oct 28 2013, 22:08 IST
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Petitioner says plea was not targeting any person but was only pointing out Robert Vadra's name as one of the cases. PTI Petitioner says plea was not targeting any person but was only pointing out Robert Vadra's name as one of the cases. PTI
SummarySupreme Court pulls up petitioner for targeting Robert Vadra alone.

The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a PIL seeking CBI probe into licences granted to several real estate developers, including the one with which Robert Vadra is associated, for developing colonies in Haryana.

The Supreme Court pulled up the petitioner for targeting only Robert Vadra while the names of other persons who were also granted land licences were not mentioned in the petition, saying it was done for "cheap publicity".

"Why you chose only one person? Let us clarify that in the name of PIL we are not going to sully the name of a particular person. Merely because he is related to a political family, you cannot call him a sinner," a bench of justices H L Dattu and Ranjan Gogoi said.

The bench also questioned advocate M L Sharma, who filed the petition, on other prayers of his plea in which he pleaded to quash a decision of the state government.

The bench while appreciating Sharma's work in recent past on various issues said that he should focus on good work instead of indulging in publicity.

"Don't spoil the name of a person for cheap publicity. You should channelise your energy for people in need instead of cheap publicity," the bench said.

Sharma submitted that the plea was not targeting any person but was only pointing out Robert Vadra's name as one of the cases.

The petition had also sought quashing of the reported order for stopping audit inquiry against colony licence issued to Skylight Hospitality Pvt Ltd with which Robert Vadra is said to be associated.

The petitioner had claimed that the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) issued hundreds of licences for over 21,000 acres land spread over Gurgaon and other parts of the state during 2005 to 2012.

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