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Rajasthan recommends CBI probe into Bikaner land cases, also involving Robert Vadra’s deals

Four of the 18 cases pertain to deals by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s company

india Updated: Aug 22, 2017 19:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Rajasthan,CBI,Bikaner land cases
The Rajasthan Police last year cleared Vadra of any wrongdoing, saying he was a bona fide purchaser who was “cheated” and “certainly a victim of fraud”.(HT Representative Photo)

The Rajasthan government has recommended a CBI inquiry into 18 cases of land deals in Bikaner, including four involving businessman Robert Vadra-promoted Skylight Hospitality, home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said on Tuesday.

The state decided to send the cases to the Central Bureau of Investigation on August 17, he said. Vadra is the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

The Rajasthan Police last year cleared Vadra of any wrongdoing, saying he was a bona fide purchaser who was “cheated” and “certainly a victim of fraud”.

“We decided to refer the 18 FIRs, four related to Vadra’s company, to the CBI because these pieces of land were allotted on fake documents and sold multiple times. The central agency will unravel the conspiracy,” Kataria said.

The cases revolve around 1,400 bighas allotted in lieu of the land acquired for a firing range. A probe found land was allotted to people who had not been displaced.

Around 275 bighas were bought by Skylight Hospitality in 2010 and sold by it in 2012.

“When the issue was probed, it was found that in connivance of administrative officers the land was fraudulently allotted and huge profit was earned by selling it,” Kataria said.

Eighteen FIRs were lodged as it was not clear whom the land was allotted to. The allotments were not matching land records, he said.

Charge sheet was filed in all 18 cases, but the four related to Vadra needed to be probed further, a police official told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.

“We have no issues with the CBI probe but the government should also reveal the findings of the committee constituted to probe the issue,” state Congress chief Sachin Pilot said, adding the BJP was known to misuse government agencies in the run-up to the polls.

The desert state is due for assembly election next year.

First Published: Aug 22, 2017 19:03 IST