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Gurgaon official claims zero loss to defend Vadra-DLF land deals

Sanjeev K Ahuja, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, October 18, 2012
First Published: 00:25 IST(18/10/2012) | Last Updated: 00:30 IST(18/10/2012)

Gurgaon district magistrate PC Meena on Wednesday claimed the state government did not lose any revenue in the Robert Vadra-DLF land deals. He said the land was registered in the revenue records at much higher prices than the prevailing circle rates in 2008 as well as later in 2012.

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"The Haryana government has not lost revenue in the registration of the property as the stamp duty paid by the applicants was higher than the prevailing circle rates for Shikohpur village, where the land is situated," Meena claimed.

In 2008, Vadra's firm had paid stamp duty at the rate of Rs. 45 lakh per acre as against the circle rates of Rs. 10 lakh and DLF registered the land by giving stamp duty of Rs. 2.90 crore per acre as against Rs. 25 lakh in 2012, he said.

Meena also clarified that assistant consolidation officers in Haryana were empowered to sanction the mutation.

Shochand, sarpanch of Shikohpur village, also claimed that the farmers carried no grudge against anyone as they had sold their land to many land bankers from one of whom Robert Vadra must have purchased the 3.5-acre plot just off the National Highway No.8 in 2008.

"Farmers here have been selling their land to private parties since 1984 at the prevailing market rates. These land bankers would further sell the land to the developers at their mutually agreed rates and this is what would have happened in the case of Vadra also," he added.

Shikohpur village is about 10 km away from Gurgaon on NH-8 and is situated on 1,500 acres of land.

The sarpanch said about 80% of the land had been sold by the farmers to the private players.


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