Don’t politicise Vadra row, start probe: Ex-CM

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Jan 08, 2015 13:30 IST

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said the government should initiate a judicial enquiry into the Vadra land row instead of levelling allegations on Robert Vadra and playing up the issue for publicity.

Addressing journalists at the state Congress office, he said: “For the last one year, I have been asking for a judicial probe by a high court judge on the allegations levelled on Robert Vadra, Dushyant Singh and Vaibhav Gehlot. A probe into the issue will reveal the facts.”

He said the government was deliberately playing up the issue as Robert Vadra was Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law.

Ashok Gehlot said: “What mistake has Vadra committed? The land in question (Mahajan Field Firing Range) was given to displaced persons. The land was allotted in 2006 when the BJP was in power. After the allotment, fake lease deeds were made, and the land was sold to one person and then to the other… and the chain continued. Is it enough to just suspend the patwari and the tehsildar? How come the person who made the fake lease deeds was not arrested?”

Launching a scathing attack on the BJP government, he said the government had not undertaken development work in the last one year.

Reacting to Gehlot, BJP state spokesperson Kailash Nath Bhatt said why is Gehlot supporting as Vadra is not a Congress official but a businessman.

If Vadra has not objected to the probe being done by the government and has not found any fault in the probe, then why is the chief minister making statement. Bhatt said Gehlot is alleging that wrong allotment was done during the BJP regime, but why did the Congress not investigate it.

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