No govt role in Vadra land dealings: Hooda
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today claimed that his government had "not lent support to any individual or company on illegal grounds" even as the state chief secretary promised a "fair" deal Ashok Khemka. Rajeev Mullick reports.Updated: Aug 14, 2013 12:15 IST
A day after IAS officer Ashok Khemka’s submission of a 100-page document, detailing the allegedly illegal land deals by businessman Robert Vadra and construction major DLF Universal, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said his government had not “lent any support to any individual or company on illegal grounds”.
Khemka’s May 21 reply to a three-member committee’s report, dubbing his orders to cancel the land deal inappropriate and without jurisdiction, reportedly argued that Vadra had executed a series of “sham transactions” in the course of the land sale and was “aided” by Haryana’s department of town and country planning.
The committee was earlier constituted to scrutinise the October 12 and 15, 2012 orders issued by Khemka as directorate general, land records and consolidation of holdings, to cancel the mutation deal.
State chief secretary Pradeep Kumar Chaudhery told HT that the state government would examine Khemka’s reply. “We want to be fair to him and also be responsible in coming to a conclusion on the findings drawn by the committee.”
At the centre of the controversial deal is a 3.53-acre plot in Gurgaon’s Shikohpur that was sold by Vadra, son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, to DLF. Khemka reported that on August 5, 2008, Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality entered into an unregistered collaboration agreement with DLF.
He observed that no price was paid as claimed in the registered deed and this led to a huge loss of revenue to the state exchequer, while Vadra “pocketed” a huge premium on a commercial licence.
Disclosure may cause uproar
IAS officer Ashok Khemka’s latest disclosure on the land deals allegedly involving Robert Vadra is likely to come up in the Parliament on Monday.
The BJP on Saturday hinted at the manner in which a clean chit was sought for Vadra.
“The Congress will soon have to open a factory of clean chits the way it’s going,” said party spokesperson, Meenakshi Lekhi.
“Congress is known for misusing institutions. In case of one IAS officer, the Congress president chose to write to the PM, whereas in this case, the officer is being hounded,” said party spokesperson, Prakash Javadekar
Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, the first to allege Vadra’s involvement in the Gurgaon land deals last year, praised Khemka.
Chronology of events
October 12, 2012: Khemka raises suspicion about undervaluation of Vadra owned properties in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat
October 15, 2012: Khemka orders setting aside of mutation for 3.5 acres in Gurgaon's Shikohpur
October 19, 2012: Haryana government orders constitution of a 3 member committee of officers tp inquire the matter
December 28, 2012: Committee of officers submit its findings to the chief secretary, terms Khemka's orders inappropriate and without jurisdiction
March 1, 2013: Government sought Khemka's comments on the report.
May 21, 2013: Khemka submits his response to the chief secretary
First Published: Aug 10, 2013 18:59 IST