Robert Vadra, Ex-Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda Booked in 2008 Land Fraud Case; Vadra Blames FIR on ‘Poll Season’

An FIR has been lodged against businessman Robert Vadra and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, DLF Company Gurugram and Onkareshwar Properties in connection with an alleged land fraud case in Gurugram in 2008.

Former CM BS Hooda and Vadra, who is the son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, have been booked under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (fraud), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document).

Reacting to the development, Vadra said, “It’s election season, there has been an increase in oil prices so the government just thought let us divert the real issues that affect people with Robert Vadra’s decade old issue. Whats new in this?”

An FIR against Hooda, Vadra, Director Skylight Hospitality Pvt Ltd and DLF, among others, has been registered at Kherki Daula police station in Gurgaon, Manesar Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajesh Kumar told PTI.

We received a complaint today from one Surinder Sharma, resident of Nuh, in which he alleged irregularities in the land deals,” he said.

In the FIR, it has been alleged that Vadra’s company Skylight Hospitality had purchased land in Gurugram for Rs 7.5 crore and sold them back for Rs 55 crore after making changes in their classification. He was alleged to have benefited out of cheap land deals in Haryana, where Congress led by Hooda, was in power.

Both Hooda and Vadra have also been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 in the latest FIR that was registered at Khedki Daula police station in Gurugram on Saturday.

Earlier in February, Hooda and 33 others were chargesheeted by the CBI in a case of alleged corruption in Manesar land deals worth over Rs 1,500 crore. That chargesheet related to land transactions in Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula villages of Gurgaon.

The Bharatiya Janata Party had made the land deals a major poll issue in 2014, alleging that Vadra benefited through questionable land use permissions granted by the earlier Congress government in the state led by Hooda.

According to reports, the Dhingra Commission, which was set up to look into the anomalies in the land deal, had concluded after its probe that Vadra had made profits to the tune of Rs 50 crore from the deal in Gurugram. Findings of this report has not been made public yet.

BJP leader Jawahar Yadav said, “This is not a personal fight. This is our collective fight against corruption. BJP govt in state and Centre does not tolerate corruption at any cost.”

Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who cancelled Vadra’s 2008 land deal with DLF, said on Twitter: “Dhingra Commission of Inquiry was wastage of time and public money. What a private man could do now, the State Govt could have done 3 years earlier. They had access to official records and my reports of 21 May, 2013 and 12 Feb., 2015. Shielding the corrupt is also a corrupt act.”

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