In a sharp blow to the task of the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in Haryana, a CD of report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has alleged that the then-Congress government granted “undue favours” to Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, owned M/s Sky Light Hospitality Pvt Ltd. The report was handed over on the final day of the state assembly budget session.
According to the report, Vadra’s company, M/s Skylight Hospitality, sold 3.5 acres of prime land in Manesar in Gurgaon district to DLF in 2008 for Rs 58 crore. The land had, however, only cost his company around Rs 15 crore and was sold to DLF after obtaining change of land use (CLU) and other permissions from the Congress government led by Hooda.
The report said the company set up by Robert Vadra with a paid up capital of Rs 1 lakh had purchased a 3.5 acre plot from Onkareshwar Properties at Manesar in Gurgaon in March 2008. The report reads “the possibility of extending undue benefit to particular applicant (company) cannot be ruled out”.
The multi-million-rupee land deal between Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty giant DLF was cancelled by senior IAS officer of Haryana cadre Ashok Khemka, who called it illegal following which he was transferred within days. In 2013, the Congress government had rejected Khemka’s allegations and charge-sheeted him for “causing damage to Robert Vadra’s reputation” and “illegally” cancelling the deal.
“My action in Vadra-DLF land-license deal vindicated in CAG report, but continue to suffer the stigma of chargesheet,” Khemka tweeted. The IAS officer, however, questioned the CAG report and said: “Many issues untouched in the CAG report. Cycle of corruption involved the triad – business, politics and bureaucracy.”
The controversy continues to grow with opposition parties alleging that the then Congress government was doing everything to help Vadra in his land deals in the National Capital Region and areas around Delhi. Reacting strongly on the strife, chief minister ML Khattar said the government will look into the matter and take appropriate action.