Vadra land deal: 'Intent to defame, malign' says Cong on panel findings

The Dhingra panel concluded that former Haryana CM Hooda did not follow the law in assigning land to firms, including Robert Vadra's firm.

New Delhi: Slamming the Justice Dhingra panel’s report on irregularities in land allotment by former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Congress on Monday called it political vendetta.

“Even before submission of report, portions were leaked to the media,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. This proves that the sole intent is to defame, conspire and malign rather than examine the facts fairly, he added.

Taking on the BJP governments at the Centre and in states, Surejwala claimed they have ‘run a political agenda of vendetta and revenge for years together, purely to slander and vilify (the Congress)’.

The Justice Dhingra panel concluded on Wednesday that the CM did not follow the law in assigning land to firms, including to one belonging to Robert Vadra, saying it was allocated in an ‘ad hoc manner’. The panel has recommended action against several government officials and "private persons" who allegedly connived with them.

“If there was no irregularity, then I wouldn't have submitted a 182 page report,” Justice Dhingra said.

The Vadra controversy is based on a 3.5-acre plot in Gurgaon that he bought in 2008 for Rs 7.5 crores and sold just months later for 58 crores to India's largest real estate developer, DLF. DLF has also denied any wrongdoing on its part.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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