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DLF land allotment transparent, claims Haryana govt

PTI   Chandigarh, September 04, 2014
First Published: 19:56 IST(4/9/2014) | Last Updated: 20:20 IST(4/9/2014)

A day after Punjab and Haryana high court cancelled 350 acres of land allotted to realty giant DLF in Gurgaon for a recreational project, Haryana government on Thursday claimed the process followed in the project was "transparent".


In a guarded reaction, Haryana secretary industries YS Malik told reporters, "Whatever process was followed (in Gurgaon project) that was transparent as per our understanding. Where we committed mistake, we will come to know after reading the order."

Asked about next line of action, he said they will decide after studying the order in detail.

" far as yesterday's high court order is concerned, we will see where we committed mistake or where will be known only after going through the court's judgment," Malik said.

"They (high court) must have observed our mistake.

First, we should know what our mistake is, then we will decide about our next course of action," the official, who was flanked by Principal secretary to CM, K K Khandelwal, additional chief secretary SS Dhillon and another principal secretary T C Gupta, said.

Punjab and Haryana high court had yesterday set aside Haryana government's decision to allot 350 acres of land at Wazirabad in Gurgaon to real estate developer DLF for setting up a recreational project.

A division bench of the court, comprising Justice Surya Kant and Justice Amol Rattan Singh, directed Haryana government to conduct an auction of the land in question by inviting international bids within a month.

However, DLF would be able to participate in the auction process.

According to the petitioners' counsel, the bench upheld the acquisition of the land by state-owned authorities but set aside the land transfer to DLF.

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