Rajnath assures of fair probe in land deal

Rajnath assures of fair probe in land deal

Allays fears expressed by Sonia's son-in-law

Rajnath assures of fair probe in land deal

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday ruled out the Haryana government indulging in vendetta politics while probing land deals in Gurgaon, thereby allaying fears expressed by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.

A day after the Manohar Lal Khattar government announced a one-man commission to probe suspected anomalies in granting of permission to some firms, including that of Vadra, for developing commercial colonies in Gurgaon’s Sector 83, Vadra issued a statement saying: “I sincerely hope an enquiry will not be used for political vendetta.”

Vadra said he would “await its outcome", and assured that “neither me nor anyone associated with me has anything to hide” due to the fact that laws were applied in a “completely transparent manner”.

Reacting to Vadra’s statement, the home minister told reporters: “This much I can assure the countrymen that as far as our government is concerned, we do not do vendetta politics. We want to take everybody along, and want to ensure everyone's development.”

Even Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliament Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi wondered where the scope of vendetta was if the Haryana government wanted to probe land deals done during the previous Congress regime.

Not above law
“Be it Vadra or anyone else, no one is above the law. On the question of fraud in land deal, the entire nation knew of it.

After a clean chit was given in a hurry by the previous Congress government, if the Haryana government today wants to reinvestigate and inquire into the loot due to the land deals, where does the question of vendetta arise?” he said.

Justice S N Dhingra Commission, tasked with submitting the probe report within six months, has been mandated to also investigate multiple transfers of land that led to gain for individuals and other related issues which could put Vadra's land deals under the scanner.

A Vadra-controlled firm was among the nine real-estate companies that had not filed documents on financial worth, which was a must for bidding for land in Gurgaon, an earlier CAG report had said.