Vadra Row: We Don't Leak Reports, Says Venkaiah Naidu
The government on Friday rejected the Congress' allegation that the report of the Dhingra commission which probed alleged irregularities in grant of land licences to a firm owned by Robert Vadra was leaked.
File photo of Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
Chandigarh/New Delhi: The government on Friday rejected the Congress' allegation that the report of the Dhingra commission which probed alleged irregularities in grant of land licences to a firm owned by Robert Vadra was leaked.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also rubbished the vendetta charge against the government, saying, "We don't want to target anyone and nor do we want to usher vendetta against anyone. This is a suggestion for action for Haryana government."
He, however, alleged there was a common pattern in the land deals of Robert Vadra and Priyanka Gandhi, and the only inference one can derive was that with the power Vadra exercised with the then government and speedy manner in which land usage was changed by bypassing norms, "was designed to allow a situation of windfall gains".
Prasad said the transactions indicated a "new business model" and needed to be investigated.
He said in less than four years the price of land bought by Priyanaka rose by 5.5 times and that raised a lot of suspicion which was required to be dispelled. "This is something curious," he said.
Naidu, on his part said, he does not have any information on the Dhingra panel report after a media report claimed that the probe had indicted Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, for making unlawful profit of Rs 50.5 crore from a land deal in Haryana in 2008 without spending a single paisa.
Hitting out at the Congress, he said, "They may be speaking of their own past experiences (of leaking reports)." The minister said the government will take action based on the findings of the commission.
The commission had submitted its 182-page report to chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on August 31, 2016. The lawyer of Robert Vadra and Skylight Hospitality has claimed they had committed no wrong and that no laws were violated.
Vadra's wife Priyanka Gandhi had on Thursday released a statement, saying her finances had nothing to do with those of her husband's or his company Skylight Hospitality, which had made controversial land deals with realty major DLF.
The statement from Priyanka's office came after a query was made to Vadra asking whether a portion of the money he had received from the DLF was used by his wife to buy properties in Faridabad in Haryana.
The contents of the Commission's report are yet to be made public by the state government which had given an undertaking in the Punjab and Haryana High Court not to release the report until directed by the court.
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