Haryana chief secy summoned over licence to Robert Vadra’s firm

  • Hitender Rao, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2016 00:33 IST
Robert Vadra (AFP File Photo)

The Justice SN Dhingra Commission of Inquiry set up in 2015 to probe issues related to grant of commercial licence to M/s Sky Light Hospitality in Gurgaon has summoned Haryana chief secretary Deepinder Singh Dhesi in the first week of March.

The company is owned by Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Dhesi was principal secretary, town and country planning department (TCPD) in March 2008 when it granted a commercial licence to Vadra’s company for 2.7 acres land in Sector 83 (Shikohpur) in Gurgaon.

Under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, the commission has the powers of a civil court and can summon and enforce the attendance of a person; and examine him on oath. “Those summoned by the commission are asked to tender replies to questions put to them,” said Ashok Garg, secretary of the commission.

The commission has already examined retired IAS officer and member of the Union Public Service Commission, Chattar Singh, who was the former principal secretary to the then chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Singh handled TCPD’s files in the chief minister’s office (CMO).

After being set up by the BJP government in May 2015, the scope of the commission’s inquiry was widened on Justice Dhingra’s advice. In August last year, the Manohar Lal Khattar cabinet had ordered the commission to also probe colonisation licences issued in four Gurgaon villages - Sihi, Shikohpur, Kherki Daula and Sikanderpur Bada.

It was also decided that the commission will inquire into licences issued for developing all kinds of colonies in the four villages and not commercial colonies alone.

Subsequently, Gurgaon sectors from 78 to 86, besides the already notified Sector 83, came under the ambit of the commission’s probe. The term of the commission was also extended by six months -- from December 8, 2015, to June 7, 2016.

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