Panel submits report on Vadra land deals

Panel submits report on Vadra land deals

In what could spell trouble for Robert Vadra and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the judicial commission probing controversial land deals in Gurgaon submitted its report on Wednesday, exposing gross irregularities in the grant of licences to various private companies.

All the licences were granted during the previous Congress regime.
The developments have stirred a hornet’s nest, with the Congress terming the setting-up of the commission politically motivated and its findings part of a political vendetta.

The probe panel headed by Justice (Retd) S N Dhingra, former judge of the Delhi High Court, submitted his three-part report penned down in as many as 182 pages to Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar at his office.

The report has not only documented irregularities in the grant of licences, but also highlighted the manner in which the fraud was committed. The scope of the commission was not limited to just the company belonging to Vadra, who is Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law. In 2008, Vadra’s company bought 3.5 acres in a village in Gurgaon at Rs 7.5 crore. The company was then “expeditiously” granted a license to build a colony by the Hooda government. Later, Skylight Hospitality sold the license to DLF for a whopping Rs 58 crore, making “windfall profits” from the deal.  Senior officials and private players have been named in the report, sources said. Those who benefited from the deals have also found a mention in the report. While Justice Dhingra said it was for the government to make the contents of the report public, government sources said it will soon decide on action to be taken on the basis of the report.

Justice Dhingra said he has named every individual, whether government or private, whom he found responsible for the irregularities.

Interestingly, Ashok Khemka, senior Haryana bureaucrat who blew the lid off the shady deals, was kept away from the probe panel.

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