In 2008, when the Congress Government was in power in Haryana, officials granted licence to Robert Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality for a project in Gurgaon. Officers who were supposed to check whether he was eligible or not, gave go-ahead, felt that since he was the director of the firm and son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he was a VIP and, therefore eligible, an Indian Express report said.
Officers of the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) told this to the Justice (retd) S N Dhingra Commission during the probe. According to indian Express, the commission which was constituted to find out the circumstances under which licences were distributed for development of colonies in Gurgaon and whether licences were transferred by violating the law, submitted its report to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in August last year. Challenging the constitutional validity of the Dhingra commission, ex-CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda accused his successor of deciding to constitute the panel in pursuit of a political vendetta.
Even as, contents of the report has still not been made public, Justice Dhingra has refused to comment, saying he has completed his job and it is up to courts to decide whether the report should be made public. As per the paper, the capacity-to-build is one of the important factors that the DTCP has to consider before granting licence. The department is also responsible for granting change of land use (CLU) certificates.
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The Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act does not suggest that those applying for CLU must have capacity to build the project for which the the certificate is being sought, but the law is very clear that persons applying for lisence must have the capacity to build the colony.