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Dhingra panel to submit report on ‘murky’ land deals by June 7

The Justice SN Dhingra Commission said it will submit its report to the state government well ahead of the deadline on June 7.

gurgaon Updated: Feb 14, 2016 01:44 IST
Robert Vadra,Skylight Hospitality,Justice SN Dhingra Commission
The Dhingra Commission of Inquiry was set up in May 2015, to probe the grant of commercial licence in various sectors in Gurgaon.

The Justice SN Dhingra Commission that is probing alleged murky land deals and dubious issuance of licences to developers in about a dozen Gurgaon sectors, will submit its report to the state government well ahead of the deadline on June 7, the commission said.

The Haryana government had appointed the Justice SN Dhingra Commission of Inquiry (COI) as a one-man commission in May to probe 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 Sector 83. However, the government extended the term of the CoI by six months from December 8, 2015 to June 7, 2016 as the probe was extended from one sector to a dozen at the behest of justice Dhingra.

Justice Dhingra, a retired Delhi high court judge, said the commission will finish recording statements of Haryana government officials and representatives of the developers associated with their projects in sectors 78 to 86 by the first week of March.

The statements are being recorded at a Gurgaon court set up for the CoI.

“Recording the statements of town and country planning officials began on February 1. Two chief town planners have recorded their statements. I will restart recording the statements of other senior officials after a gap of about a week and complete the procedure by the first week of March. I will table the findings of the inquiry within the stipulated time period,” justice Dhingra said.

According to sources, retired CTPs Dhare Singh and JS Reddu were summoned to the CoI court and their statements were recorded form February 1 to 4 and February 5 to 9 respectively.

Prior to this, by November last year, the CoI had recorded statements of 16 officials of the town and country planning department that regulates the sectors developed by builders.

The evidence recorded so far include statements of officers, district town planners and senior town planers from the Gurgaon office.

The CoI is yet to call Haryana IAS officer and whistle blower Ashok Khemka for recording his statement. It was Khemka in the capacity of director general, Consolidation of Holdings, who had cancelled the mutation of Vardra’s 3.5-acre land deal in Gurgaon’s Shikohpur.

The commission, however, has sought the report submitted by Khemka on the Vadra-DLF land deal.

Sources said the CoI may call Khemka for recording his statement in the court set up in Gurgaon after going through the report.

First Published: Feb 14, 2016 01:13 IST