Vadra land deals: Hooda fails to appear before commission again

Vadra’s company had purchased nearly 3.5 acre land in Shikohpur village and later sold it to DLF after completing certain formalities during Hooda’s tenure as CM.

Written by Sandali Tiwari | Gurgaon | Published: March 26, 2016 2:13 am
Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former chief Minister Haryanabefor leaving for Delhi after Congress MLAs protest on SYL issue in front of Assembly during Haryana Budget Session on Thursday in Chandigarh, March 17 2016. Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh The S N Dhingra commission said it would draw “adverse inference” from Hooda’s absence. Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh

For the second time in a row, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda did not show up before Justice (retd) S N Dhingra Commission probing the various land deals in four Gurgaon villages involving Robert Vadra and his company Skylight Hospitality. The commission said it would draw “adverse inference” from Hooda’s absence.

A team of lawyers headed by counsel Narender Hooda made an appearance before the commission, which had summoned Hooda on March 17 as he headed the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) during the grant and rejection of CLU licences for development of colonies, group housing societies, and commercial complexes.

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Vadra’s company had purchased nearly 3.5 acre land in Shikohpur village and later sold it to DLF after completing certain formalities during Hooda’s tenure as CM.

Explaining Hooda’s absence, his counsel said his client wasn’t given details in the notice about the complaints against him.

Justice Dhingra, however, told The Indian Express that the commission’s order has been “wrongly interpreted” by Hooda’s counsel.

“The notice clearly read that since Hooda was the final approving authority in grant and rejection of licences, he should come to explain some orders passed by him on files. And the details sought are available online and there was no need for the commission to supply the same,” said Justice Dhingra.

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