The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into alleged land deals involving Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, saying the alleged "illegal transactions" have taken place beyond the court’s territorial jurisdiction.
A bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini declined to entertain the plea of advocate ML Sharma on technical grounds saying the mere fact that Vadra is Delhi resident and the registered offices of various authorities concerned are within local limits of the national capital will not bring the matter under its purview.
"The alleged illegal transactions into which the petitioner (Sharma) seeks investigation by CBI have taken place in the State of Haryana and State of Rajasthan beyond the territorial jurisdiction of this Court,” the HC said.
The court also noted that the petition has been filed purely on the basis of newspaper reports without producing any material to substantiate the authenticity of the contents of the said reports.
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.
Sharma had sough probe into licences granted to several real estate companies for developing colonies in Haryana.
He had claim that the Haryana government, without complying with statutory rules, allowed the conversion of land use from agricultural to commercial on 21,366 acres. The decision caused “serious financial loss of Rs 3.9 lakh crore” to the exchequer, Sharma added.
The petition sought quashing of the June 3, 2013, order blocking a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) 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.