Robert Vadra land deal row: Ex-Haryana CM BS Hooda fails to block report on Justice Dhingra probe

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New Delhi | Published: April 28, 2017 5:08:17 PM

The former chief minister had withdrawn his appeal after the High Court said it had no jurisdiction in the case.

The Dhingra Commission had studied deals related to the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Robert Vadra, his firm Skylight Hospitality and DLF.

Former Haryana chief minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday failed to get Punjab and Haryana High Court to issue a restraining order controlling The Economic Times from publishing contents of Justice SN Dhingra report, on alleged irregularities in allotting land licences in Gurgaon, a report by Indian Express has said.

As per the report, the former chief minister had withdrawn his appeal after the High Court said it had no jurisdiction in the case. The Dhingra Commission had studied deals related to the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Robert Vadra, his firm Skylight Hospitality and DLF.

On September 1 last year, a report by Indian Express had said that the committee, which was formed by the Haryana government in May 2015 to investigate distribution of commercial licences in four Gurgaon villages to real estate firms, which included M/s Skylight Hospitality, had found “gross procedural irregularities in allotment of licences,” the report said.

Hours after Hooda’s plea was turned down by the High Court, Vadra’s wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had issued a statement saying that the source of funds for the land, which she had bought and sold in Faridabad “has no relationship whatsoever with Shri Robert Vadra’s finances and/or Skylight Hospitality and no relationship whatsoever with DLF, ” Indian Express report quoted her as saying.

The former Haryana chief minister is being probed by the state vigilance department and the CBI for allegedly manipulating land allotment norms in Gurgaon during his tenure as chief minister between 2005-2014.

Justice Dhingra in its report had indicted some senior officials who were posted in the Town and Country Planning (T&CP) department and the office of the Chief Minister. It had suggested filing of FIRs against officials in some cases of grant of commercial licences.

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However, even before the state government could table the report in the Assembly, the former chief minister approached the High Court challenging the constitution of the commission.

Haryana Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan , while responding to his plea, repeatedly gave undertakings in the court that the report would not be made public.

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