The Haryana cabinet has expanded the scope of inquiry of the justice (retd) SN Dhingra commission, set up to probe issues concerning the grant of commercial licence to M/s Sky Light Hospitality, the company owned by Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in Gurgaon’s Sector 83.
This was decided at a cabinet meeting, chaired by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in New Delhi on Saturday night, hours before he left on a 10-day visit to the United States and Canada to attract investment for Haryana.
A spokesperson said that the scope of the probe had been extended and the commission, set up by the state BJP government in May, would now probe colonisation licences issued in four Gurgaon villages of Sihi, Shikohpur, Kherki Daula and Sikanderpur Bada. The commission would inquire into licences issued for developing all kinds of colonies in the four villages and not just commercial colonies. Subsequently, Gurgaon Sectors 78 to 86 besides the already notified Sector 83 would come under the ambit of the probe.
The scope of inquiry was expanded on the advice of justice Dhingra as the commission was finding it difficult to probe the matter under the set terms of reference, sources said.
The town and country planning department had in 2008 granted a commercial licence to Vadra’s company for 2.7 acres in Sector 83 (Shikohpur), Gurgaon.
The commission would probe the transfer or disposal of licences, allegations of private enrichment, ineligibility of beneficiaries under the rules and other connected matters.
Amendments in terms of reference
After the cabinet decision, the terms of reference of the inquiry will be amended. The commission will probe circumstances under which licences for the development of all kinds of colonies were granted to certain entities in four villages and Sectors 78 to 86 of Gurgaon; whether the said entities were eligible for grant of licences as per rules; whether the transfer of licences by the original licensee within a short period of time to other entities was in violation of rules; and whether the town and country planning department had contemplated the transactions that had taken place before or after the grant of licence, particularly with reference to the loss of revenue to the government.
The commission will recommend measures that may be adopted to meet the ends of justice, particularly to take corrective action to prevent loss of revenue to the public exchequer and also prevent undue private enrichment at the cost of the exchequer in such cases in the future; consider such other matters, including complaints given by individuals, magazines, political parties and also the comptroller and auditor general reports on the subject.
Monsoon session in Sept first week
The Haryana cabinet decided to convene the monsoon session of the Assembly in the first week of September though no date was specified. The assembly, which last met in March for the budget session, needs to be convened before September 25.