Election season-FIR against Robert Vadra,Bhupinder Hooda
Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda were booked by Haryana Police for alleged irregularities in a Gurugram land deal. An FIR number 288 against Robert Vadra, Hooda has been registered at Kherki Daula police station in Gurugram ,Manesar Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajesh Kumar told PTI. Vadra and Hooda have now been booked under Sections 420 (cheating), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the IPC, and Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
“We received a complaint today from one Surinder Sharma S/o Sohan Lal Sharma resident of Tauru in Nuh, in which he alleged irregularities in the land deals,” he said. Earlier in February, Hooda and 33 others were charge sheeted by the CBI in a case of alleged corruption in Manesar land deals worth over Rs 1,500 crore.
It was alleged that Rabert Vadra’s firm Skylight Hospitality was registered in 2007 with a capital of just Rs. 1 Lakh. In 2008 Skylight purchased land measuring 3.53 acres in Sector 83 for Rs. 7.5 crore from Onkereshwar Properties though the cheque for Rs 7.5 crore was never encashed by the seller. The complainant alleged that Skylight Hospitality sold off the land deal to reality giant DLF for whooping Rs. 58 crores.
Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka had cancelled the mutation of this land in 2012 for allegedly violating rules. He also raised questions about the nature of the transactions between Vadra and DLF.
That charge sheet related to land transactions in Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula villages of Gurugram .The BJP had made the land deals a major poll issue in 2014, alleging that Vadra benefited through questionable land use permissions granted by Bhupinder Singh Hooda led Congress government in the state.
The Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government had set up a one-man commission in May 2015 to probe the grant of licenses for developing commercial colonies by the Department of Town and Country Planning in Gurgaon’s Sector 83.
The Justice S N Dhingra Commission, formed under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, had examined the licences given by the then Hooda government for the development of housing societies and commercial complexes in four Guragon villages of Sihi, Shikohpur, Kherki Daula and Sikanderpur Bada.
(With intake from DNA)