Vadra-DLF land deal: Dhingra panel to file report next week

The commission summoned 26 government officers, including Hooda, as witnesses and examined at least 250 files pertaining to approval, grant or rejection of colony licences to various builders.

Written by Sanjeev Verma | Chandigarh | Updated: June 26, 2016 4:12 am
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THE JUSTICE S N Dhingra commission, set up in May last year by the Haryana government to probe the grant of licences to various real estate companies in Gurgaon when the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government was in power, will submit its report next week.

The one-man commission did not summon Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, whose company M/s Sky Light Hospitality is among those granted colony licences in Gurgaon. It did, however, summon former chief minister Hooda, but he did not appear before it on two dates.

Talking to The Sunday Express, Justice Dhingra said he had sought a written response from Vadra. “I haven’t summoned any private individual for evidence. Only government officials were summoned and examined. On the basis of certain official records studied by us, we had written letters to certain entities seeking their comments,” he said.

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The commission summoned 26 government officers, including Hooda, as witnesses and examined at least 250 files pertaining to approval, grant or rejection of colony licences to various builders, and change of land use and development plans.

On Hooda not appearing before the commission, Justice Dhingra said, “I granted him the opportunity. Now I have the material on files. I will work on the basis of records available and mention it in my report.”

Asked why IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had cancelled the mutation of the Vadra-DLF land deal in 2012, was not questioned, Justice Dhingra said, “His (Khemka’s) comments are on (land) consolidation. My area is not consolidation. As per the notification (the terms and conditions of commission), I have a different mandate about licences.”

However, he said he had gone through Khemka’s comments in the order by which he had cancelled the mutation of M/s Sky Light Hospitality and DLF Universal.

“Whatever has been directed as per the notification, I will do that much only. Wait for one week, you’ll come to know what I found and what (I did) not,” he said.

Sources said the commission could indict some top officers of the Town and Country Planning Department on account of alleged procedural lapses.

The commission had questioned at length four senior IAS officers — Chhatar Singh (now retired), the then principal secretary to Hooda, S S Dhillon, T C Gupta and Anurag Rastogi — who held various positions in the department.

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