Haryana panel probing Vadra land deals submits report

RSTV Bureau
FILE: File photo of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.  Photo - PTI

FILE: File photo of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Photo – PTI

A single-judge judicial inquiry appointed by Haryana government to probe into the controversial land deals allegedly involving Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra on Thursday submitted its report to the state government. According to the reports thus far, that inquiry has apparently found irregularities in the deals.

Justice SN Dhingra, a former judge of Delhi High Court, presented a 182-page report to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, 15 months after he was appointed to probe land deals in Gurgaon during the tenure of the then chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

While refusing to give details of the contents of the report, Justice Dhingra indicated that some irregularities have been found in the grant of land licenses in the area. The land deals became a major issue in 2014 during the Lok Sabha elections and Assembly polls in Haryana.

“Had there been no irregularity I would have given one sentence report mentioning there is no irregularity. My report has 182 pages. Without it (irregularity), I did not have any reason to write 182 pages,” Justice Dhingra said replying to the press pack in Chandigarh.

Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda addressing a rally in during Assembly Elections. Courtersy: Twitter/Bhupinder-Hooda

Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda addressing a rally in during Assembly Elections.
Courtersy: Twitter/Bhupinder-Hooda

To a query about the companies involved in the irregularities, he said, “I do not know about which particular company you (media) are talking. My mandate was to inquire about irregularity in grant of licenses.”

The Khattar government had on May 14, 2015 set up the one-man Commission to probe issues concerning the grant of license(s) for developing commercial colonies by the Department of Town and Country Planning to some entities in Sector 83, Gurgaon including mutation of land deal between a firm M/S Skylight Hospitality owned by Robert Vadra and the real estate firm DLF.

Justice Dhingra said that it is for the government to act on the report, including making it public after laying it in the state assembly.

“I cannot disclose the contents of the report. It is the property of the state government which is to decide the timing of making public the report,” he added.

Asked whether any government official or private persons were involved in irregularity, Justice Dhingra said, “I have probed irregularity in grant of licenses and the manner in which these irregularities were committed and the persons who were benefitted from it”.

“I have named each and every person who is responsible whether private or government… Beyond that I would not tell you who were they and what was the role,” he said.

Reacting to the inquiry report, Congress party dubbed it a vendetta by the ruling BJP government.

“BJP govt at the Centre and Haryana have run a political agenda of vendetta and revenge for years purely to slander and vilify,” Congress chief spokesperson RS Surjewala said.

“Constitution of Dhingra Commission was a mere cog in that wheel of malicious witch-hunt, propagated by BJP,” he added.

Meanwhile, defending itself Robert Vadra’s counsel said they were always ready to “cooperate” but “Dhingra panel never summoned Vadra or any other official of his company”.

(With inputs from the PTI)