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PIL seeks CBI probe into Vadra firm’s licence

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 20, 2014
First Published: 01:38 IST(20/4/2014) | Last Updated: 01:41 IST(20/4/2014)

A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Delhi high court, seeking a CBI inquiry into the licences granted to several real estate companies, including the one with which Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra is allegedly associated. The licences were for developing colonies in Haryana.

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The petition, filed by advocate ML Sharma, claims that the Haryana government, without complying with the statutory rules, allowed the conversion of 21,366 acres of land from agricultural to commercial. The decision caused “serious financial loss of Rs. 3.9 lakh crore” to the exchequer, Sharma added.

In October last year, the Supreme Court had refused to entertain a similar PIL by Sharma, saying the petition targeted only Vadra since the names of other people who got the licence were not mentioned.

The petition sought quashing of the June 3, 2013, order blocking a Comptroller and Auditor General audit against the licence issued from 2005 to 2012 to Skylight Hospitality, with which Vadra is allegedly associated, and other developers for over 21,000 acres in Gurgaon and other parts of the state.

Sharma has also sought a probe into the land deals entered into by Skylight Hospitality (Pvt) Ltd and its subsidiaries in Rajasthan. He said the petition could be heard on April 23.


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