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Robert Vadra on CBI probe: Another attempt at malicious persecution

His Facebook post comes after the Rajasthan government ordered a CBI probe into 18 cases of land deals in Bikaner.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2017 15:00 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Saubhadra Chatterji
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Rober Vadra,Priyanka Gandhi,Sonia Gandhi
Robert Vadra has taken to Facebook to lash out at the ‘authorities’ malice against him’.(PTI file photo)

A day after the Rajasthan government recommended a CBI probe into 18 cases of land deals in Bikaner, Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law and businessman Robert Vadra took to the Facebook to lash out at the authorities’ malice against him.

“Another attempt of malicious persecution, exposed,” Vadra said, as he narrates the earlier attempts to nail him but went unsuccessful.

“First, Rajasthan police filed an FIR on 26 August 2014. In 3 years, they filed the charge sheets, summoned documents, as also company officials, yet found not an iota of evidence,” Vadra posted on Facebook on Wednesday in response to the latest news of probe related to his hospitality firm.

“Neither the FIR nor the chargesheets accuse the companies associated with me in any manner whatsoever...Having failed with the police FIR and chargesheets, they unleashed the Enforcement Directorate to harass and hound. Enforcement Directorate has conducted raids, seized documents and harassed in every possible manner. As they fail, they make one more sinister attempt to rope in the CBI. Has the Rajasthan government lost faith in its own police and investigation?!” Vadra said.

This is not the first time Vadra hit back at the establishment, without making any direct reference to the Centre or any political party.

“Please hound, persecute and harass as much as you want, such lies will never undermine the truth” Robert Vadra

His latest reaction comes after the new round of probe even after 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”.

“Please hound, persecute and harass as much as you want, such lies will never undermine the truth,” he wrote.

The state decided to send the cases to the Central Bureau of Investigation on August 17. “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,” Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand 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.” Gulab Chand Kataria, Rajasthan Home minister

“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.

“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.

First Published: Aug 23, 2017 14:51 IST