No political vendetta please: Vadra

Published on May 16, 2015 02:58:58 AM
A commission appointed by the Haryana government to probe land deals related to companies owned by Robert Vadra created a poltical storm of sorts in the capital with the Congress and the BJP attacking each other and Vadra himself hoping the investigation would "not be used for political vendetta".

On Friday, the Congress alleged that the BJP was practicing "politics of avenge” while the BJP leadership hit back stating that "no one is above law”.

Anil Vij a senior minister in the Haryana government said on Friday, "We have come across documents. There is proof of wrongdoing during the 10-year Congress rule. We have appointed a commission headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court to investigate the matter. We will investigate all the cases related to DLF land deals and Robert Vadra”

His statement came a day after the Haryana government formed a commission to probe grant of licences to some entities, including Vadra's company, for developing commercial colonies in Sector 83 of Gurgaon. The state government appointed retired Judge of Delhi High Court, Justice S N Dhingra, as one-man Commission of Inquiry to probe issues concerning the grant of licences for developing commercial colonies by the Department of Town and Country Planning, Haryana, to some entities in Gurgaon.

The Commission, which is to submit its report within six months, will also probe subsequent transfer or disposal of the lands, allegations of private enrichment, ineligibility of beneficiaries under the rules, and other connected matters, bringing Vadra land deal under the scanner.

Vadra, for his part, said, "an inquiry has been ordered by the government of Haryana. Let us await its outcome." Insisting that all laws were followed in a "completely transparent manner," he said, "Neither me nor anyone associated with me has anything to hide." He added, "I sincerely hope that an enquiry will not be used for political vendetta."

Meanwhile, Real Estate Company DLF issued a statement that they would fully cooperate with the commission during the investigations related to the land deals. "All facts pertaining to the case involving DLF are already in public domain and it is well known that we had entered into a single relatively small transaction of approximately Rs 58 crore to buy a parcel of licensed commercial land in this sector," it said.

The Congress leadership meanwhile termed the appointment of commission as politics of revenge, alleging BJP headed governments at Center as well as at States were targeting Congress for political gain.

BJP senior leader Mukhtar Abaas Naqvi said that no one was above law and the appointment of the commission by the Haryana government was to investigate if illegal practices were involved.