Robert Vadra’s land deals to be investigated by an exclusive panel

May 13, 2015 15:04
Robert Vadra’s land deals to be investigated by an exclusive panel

Government of Haryana has decided to constitute a high-level panel to investigate into the land deals during the previous Congress regime. Manohar Lal Khattar led government is constituting a panel to investigate all the land deals during the tenure of Hooda government, which may be headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Swatanter Kumar, who is presently chairperson of the National Green Tribunal and is the government's first choice for the job.

BJP's Haryana in-charge and national general secretary Anil Jain said, “We are surely going ahead with formalising a commission to look into all the land deals.” "The only problem we anticipate is whether he would be willing to relinquish his post as the NGT chairperson as there is a lot of his tenure period still left," a BJP leader said.

Other than Justice Kumar, three other names are also doing the rounds as the likely chairperson of the commission, which includes former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice V.K. Jhanji, former chairperson of the 20th Law Commission Justice DK Jain and former Supreme Court judge, Justice G.S. Singhvi.

Comptroller and Auditor General in its report have attacked the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda regime stating that "undue favours" were given to builders, including Skylight Hospitality which is owned by Robert Vadra. “The department neither at the time of granting in-principle approval nor at the time of formal approval for transfer of licenses ensured that net profit beyond 15 percent of the total cost has to be accrued towards public exchequer”, the CAG report said.

A senior BJP leader of Haryana stated that the party is in no mood to ease the pressure on land grabbers even if it is found that its own members or ministers are figured among the wrongdoers or would have collaborated with the Hooda regime. Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka had ordered for the cancellation of the land deal, terming it as illegal. But, the Hooda government gave clean chit to Vadra in the land deal and suspended the whistle blower Khemka.

The CAG report noted that Skylight Hospitality which was owned by Robert Vadra has sold a 3.5 acre piece of prime land in Manesar in Gurgaon district to DLF for Rs 58 crore. The investigation will be a big blow for the congress, especially the resurrected Rahul Gandhi.

By Premji

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