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CHANDIGARH, August 19, 2013
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Monday accused Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of favouring companies owned by Ambala MLA Venod Sharma’s associates and relatives in acquiring licences for land in Gurgaon district. "After the land deal between UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty giant DLF, the state government aided three companies — Onkareshwar Properties Pvt Ltd, Markbuild Tech Pvt Ltd, and Lakshaya Buildtech and Promoters," INLD leader Abhey Chautala told the media here on Monday.

Indicating a quid pro quo between the state government and Onkareshwar Properties, the town and country planning department had, in 2008, issued four licences for 26.09 acres to the company in Sihi and Shikohpur villages of the district, Chautala alleged. “Based on Rs. 58-crore Vadra-DLF deal, the cost of land sold to Onkareshwar Properties was Rs. 500 crore,” the Ellenabad legislator said, adding that within a year of the controversial deal, Onkareshwar Properties’ assets grew by nine times to Rs. 20.9 crore.

The balance sheets of the company showed that it had invested Rs. 3 crore (in 2009) and Rs. 25 crore (in 2010) in media houses owned by Sharma’s son Kartik, the INLD leader said.

“The department had issued three licences to Markbuild Tech and two to Vatika Group, which had bought Onkareshwar Properties in 2008, for 28.49 acres in the district,” he alleged. “Markbuild Tech directors have relations with the Ambala MLA. Dhirender Dadwal was working in one of Sharma’s companies before joining Markbuild Tech, Harvinder Chopra used to look after financial matters of his companies and Tarun Bhanot is related to Sharma from his wife’s side.”

The third ‘beneficiary’ was Sharma’s company Lakshaya Buildtech. “It was issued a licence for 10.38 acres in Gurgaon district. The company’s directors are Dadwal and Vandit Bhanot, who is related to Amabla’s MLA’s wife,” the MLA alleged. From 2008 to 2011, the three companies had the same official address in Delhi. In 2012, the companies changed their address to the house of Satyawan Yajee, one of the two directors of Onkareshwar Properties

“The land deal between UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty giant DLF is not the only controversial deal; there are other deals that need to be investigated by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court,” Chautala added.

INLD state president Ashok Arora, national general secretary RS Chaudhary and Kalka MLA Pardeep Chaudhary were present at the press meet.