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Kejriwal sticks to charges against Haryana govt

PTI  New Delhi, October 10, 2012
First Published: 19:56 IST(10/10/2012) | Last Updated: 19:58 IST(10/10/2012)

A day after alleging that Haryana government favoured DLF, Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday refused to accept the state's contention that there was no wrong doing saying questions still remain on why land was given to a company linked with Robert Vadra.

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Kejriwal alleged that the sale of 30 acres of land meant for building a hospital to the realty major for developing SEZ raises questions as Vadra had later bought stakes in the company.

Rebutting the allegations, Haryana government on Tuesday said that the land had been released to East India Hotels Ltd more than 16 years ago and the permission was granted to it to sell land to DLF Ltd "after following due process of law".

In a statement on Tuesday, DLF said the matter is subjudice and awaiting hearing.

Haryana Government has accepted that when the government had acquired land for residential purpose and East India Hotels Ltd was given 30 acre land for building a hospital in 1995, it did not do so till 2005, a statement by Kejriwal-led India Against Corruption said.

"This raises a suspicion on Haryana government as even though the company did not build the hospital for such a long period neither was any action taken against the company nor was the land taken back by the government," it said.

On the other hand, the statement alleged, East India Hotels sold the land to DLF Limited and the government permitted this transaction even when there was a clear change in use of land.

"The question that arises is why did Haryana allow the sale of land which is being used for development of SEZ when it was supposed to have been used for construction of a hospital? Also that later Robert Vadra had a 50% share in DLF SEZ Holdings Pvt. Ltd. raises suspicion on the motive behind this sale of this piece of land," it said.

On the issue of increasing Floor Area ratio for a project, the IAC statement said Haryana government has noted that the density in the two master plans of Gurgaon-Manesar complex is the same and it is only the unit that changes ie. persons per acre in plan 2025 and persons per hectare in plan 2031.

"The IAC has gone through both the plans and their respective notifications. Nowhere do they mention the unit of 'person per acre'. In both the plans the density has been mentioned in persons per hectare. Once again the government has made an attempt to divert from the main issue," it said.

"The point in focus is that the special pocket carved out in Gurgaon, which is allowed to have a density of 2.5 times more than the Gurgaon average, has its boundary same as the boundary of DLF Phase V. Incidentally the same phase has the DLF projects of Magnolia and Aralias where Robert Vadra has many properties to his companies' name.

"Is it then not very clear that the increased density in Gurgaon Master Plan is one of the quid pro quo for DLF which has been selling property at throwaway prices to Vadra in the same area?" the statement alleged but did not specify on how it will benefit Vadra or the company.

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