Robert Vadra made Rs 50 crore illegal profit from land deal in Haryana, says report
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Robert Vadra made Rs 50 crore illegal profit from land deal in Haryana, says report



Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra made an "illegal profit" of over Rs 50 crore from a 2008 land deal without investing a penny, according to a panel that probed suspect Haryana land deals.
 
The Economic Times citing unnamed people familiar with the SN Dhingra commission report said the committee had probed transactions between Onkareshwar Properties and Vadra-owned Skylight Hospitality and subsequently between Skylight and developer DLF.
 
The Dhingra commission investigated over 20 properties said to have been purchased by Vadra and his companies, said the paper.
 
According to the report, the remarks were made by the Justice S N Dhingra commission which has filed in the Supreme Court the inquiry report that relates to alleged irregularities in land deals. The commission was set up by the Manohar Lal Khattar's BJP government in May 2015 to look into the grant of licences for change in land use in four villages of Gurugram, including the licence granted to Skylight.

People familiar with the commission's report told the daily that there was collusion aimed at benefiting Vadra's company. One of the persons familiar with the commission's report said that Skylight Hospitality, had bought land from Onkareshwar Properties which was then sold to developer DLF at a much higher price after the change in land use, resulting in the Rs 50.5 crore profit.
 
The Dhingra commission investigated over 20 properties said to have been purchased by Vadra and his companies, said the paper.
 
In response to the paper, Vadra’s lawyer said the company or his client had "committed no wrong and no laws were violated.” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in a statement on Thursday said the agricultural land bought by her in in Amipur village of Faridabad district or other property acquired by her had "no links to finances of her husband, his Skylight Hospitality or reality major DLF”.

She said the land was purchased for Rs 15 lakh through cheque, which comes to Rs 3 lakh per acre. The statement said the funds for the purchase came from rental income of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from property inherited by her from her grandmother Indira Gandhi.
 
Former Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda has also challenged the constitutional validity of the commission.
 
Vadra and others were allegedly granted favours by the Hooda-led state government in issuing licences to develop commercial properties in Gurgaon's Sector 83.

Vadra came into controversy after he bought a 3.5-acre plot in Gurgaon in 2008 for Rs 7.5 crores and after three months, he sold the same plot to real estate developer DLF for Rs 58 crores.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had pointed out that Vadra's firm, Skylight Hospitality, had not submitted documents on financial adequacy, but was still granted a licence.
 
The report was submitted on 31 August last year. The government sent it to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover last week after a bench asked for it in connection with a pending petition on land deals.






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