Probe into Vadra land deal completed after 2 extensions

Two months ago, the commission had held back the report after getting more documents related to land deals leading to another extension to its tenure.

CHANDIGARH: Investigations into Haryana’s land deals, including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s controversial case of Gurgaon district, have been completed after two extensions to the Dhingra Commission.

Sources said the commission has sought an appointment with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar to submit the report. Two months ago, the commission had held back the report after getting more documents related to land deals leading to another extension to its tenure.

A source told TOI on Friday that the report would be submitted to the government before the panel’s tenure ends on August 31. Officials also confirmed that senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had cancelled the mutation of the controversial land deal between Vadra and real estate giant DLF on October 15, 2012, was not called by the panel in connection with the probe.

Khemka is the officer who had not only cancelled the mutation but had also directed the deputy commissioners of Palwal, Faridabad, Mewat and Gurgaon to probe whether stamp duty was paid in the land deals of Vadra which were executed after 2005.

In May 2015, the Khattar government had set up the commission to probe the land deals of Sector 83 in Gurgaon. The land deal between Vadra and DLF is also part of this area.

Dhingra, a former judge of Delhi high court, had told TOI that the panel examined about 250 files related to the grant of licences after he took over the charge of commission on June 8, 2015. “I did not issue summon to anyone except (government) officials,” Dhingra, 68, said.

However, the commission had asked former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to appear before it at Gurgaon on March 21 and March 25 noting that he was the minister in-charge of town and country planning and was also the final authority for grant/ refusal of the licenses.

He was asked to depose in respect of grant of CLU (change of land use) permissions and licences in villages Sihi, Shikohpur, Sikanderpur Bada and Kherki Daula (in Gurgaon). Hooda’s counsel had only appeared before the panel not the former CM.

Source: http://realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/probe-into-vadra-land-deal-completed-after-2-extensions/53881802

 

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