New panel to probe Vadra's land dealings

Tuesday 30th December 2014 07:20 EST

Chandigarh: The Haryana government would soon set up a new commission to probe the land dealings of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra. After meeting the chief minister and other ministers, BJP's Haryana incharge Anil Jain said they would not work in a vindictive manner against anybody, but the public had every right to know the truth in the Vadra case. Asked whether he had discussed the issue of inquiry with CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Jain said, “Whatever I'm saying is with full responsibility. Functionaries of the state government collectively would decide in what manner the matter should be probed.”

Meanwhile, a probe by two senior officers of the Haryana government has found that Vadra's company Skylight Hospitality owned land way beyond the prescribed limit in the state at the time when he got the licence for land in Shikhopur in Gurgaon.

Haryana's director, land records and consolidation of holdings and additional chief secretary, revenue, have told the government that Vadra's company owned 79 acres in the state in 2008. The Haryana Ceiling on Land Holdings Act, 1972 states that total physical holding of a person or family cannot exceed 53.8 acres.

The state revenue department has sought permission from the government to take action against Vadra for failing to declare surplus land. The reports of both the officers have been combined and are lying in the office of state revenue minister Captain Abhimanyu since December 17. Captain Abhimanyu said he could not see the detailed report and findings of the officials because of several official engagements. He said the government was committed to taking appropriate action in the matter as per the law.

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