Vadra land deals: Haryana officials give clean chit
After examining records of properties bought by Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and his companies, the deputy commissioners of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat have communicated to the state government that there has been no under-valuation of these properties.chandigarh Updated: Oct 27, 2012 00:12 IST
After examining records of properties bought by Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and his companies, the deputy commissioners of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat have communicated to the state government that there has been no under-valuation of these properties.
"The stamp duty paid by Vadra and his companies were in accordance with the collector rate. The DCs have examined the entire record,'' said an official who has seen the communication. Later, an official spokesman said no deed has been found registered as undervalued.
In separate communications, the deputy commissioners have virtually cleared Vadra's name as far the issue of under valuation of properties was concerned.
Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who in his capacity as director general, consolidation, had on October 15 cancelled the mutation of 3.5 acres in Shikohpur (Gurgaon) belonging to Vadra had on October 12 asked the deputy commissioners of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat to inspect the land documents of Vadra's companies and estimate real value of property.
Khemka had ordered the deputy commissioners -cum-registrars to inspect all documents registered from January 2005 by or on behalf of Robert Vadra or his companies in the capacity of either vendor or vendee and compile such a list and transmit to this office for examination. " They shall estimate the real value of the property conveyed through the registered documents and in case of under-valuations, the matter shall be referred to the collector under section 47-A of the Indian Stamps Act for correct assessment of the stamp duty payable. The names of some Vadra's companies included Sky Light Realty, Sky Light Hospitality, Real Earth Estates, Blue Breeze Trading, Artex and North India IT Parks. The report must reach this office by October 25,'' Khemka wrote.
The spokesman said that the stamp duty paid, has also been found to be much higher than the collector's rate duly notified by the district collector. Therefore, no loss of revenue to the state has been caused by these sale deeds.
He said that as per the Gurgaon deputy commissioner, the Manesar tehsildar-cum-sub registrar has stated in his report that the sale deed No. 4928 dated February 12, 2008, for purchase of 3.53 acres in Khasra No. 730 of Shikhopur village has been evalued at Rs 7.5 crore. The collector rate for the land was Rs 50 lakh per acre for 2007-08. The total stamp duty for the 3.53 acres as per the circle rates/collector rates comes out to be Rs 10.5 lakh ,whereas the purchaser has paid Rs 45 lakh for this sale deed as stamp duty which is above the collector rate/circle rate. The tehsildar was inquiring into under-valuation of property registered between Vadra's Sky Light Hospitality Pvt. Ltd and M/s DLF Universal.
In subsequent transfer of the land vide sale deed No. 1435 dated September 18, 2012, for Rs 58 crore, the stamp duty for the deed as per collector rate of Rs 1.55 crore per acre for 2012-13 should be Rs 25.97 lakh, whereas he has paid stamp duty of Rs 2.9 crore again higher than the collector rates. Hence, no loss of revenue of the state has been caused by these sale deeds, the spokesman said.
The Faridabad deputy commissioner also reported that the inquiry conducted by him through the sub registrar, Faridabad/Ballabgarh, and joint sub registrar, Sohna, revealed that no deficiency was found. He said that the Mewat deputy commissioner has also reported that for land measuring 229 kanal, seven marlas purchased by Vadra as Director of M/s Real Earth Estates Pvt Ltd at Shakarpuri village, the entire stamp duty and registration fee have been paid. Similarly, the Palwal deputy commissioner has stated that all documents have been registered after paying stamp duty as per the prevailing circle rate and no financial loss has been suffered by the state, the spokesman said.