New Delhi, Apr 17: While a detailed report on the alleged corruption of real estate deal in Haryana by the Congress government was presented in the Supreme Court today, Robert Vadra, one of the prime accused in the case was seen visiting a temple in Delhi. Addressing the media, Vadra said that he is at the temple for his birthday. “I am at a temple for my birthday, please respect the place,” the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said.
Robert 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 opposition parties at that time had alleged that Vadra used the influence of the ruling Congress to buy the land at a low price.
Apart from Robert Vadra’s 3.5-acre plot of Gurgaon, nearly 250 land deals in Haryana during the Congress’ term was investigated in 2015 after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in the state. The party appointed retired judge SN Dhingra to investigate the land deals that occurred during the Congress’ term in power.
Justice Dhingra submitted its 182-page report to the government last year and in an interview with NDTV, he said that there have been government employees and private individuals that have been indicted for colluding in illicit land deals.
A copy of Justice Dhingra’s report was submitted to the Supreme Court on Monday in connection with a case that alleges that while the farmer’s land was appropriated for corporates, and the farmers were gypped of fair prices of their land.
However, the Congress has continuously stated that Mr Vadra did not indulge in any wrongdoing in the land deal and there was no connection between the land deal and his family’s party being in power. On the Justice Dhingra report, the party had stated that it had been leaked that Robert Vadra was not questioned by Justice Dhingra to explain the land deals and the policies of assigning land licences followed by the current BJP government is the same that were followed by Bhupinder Singh Hooda, while he was the Chief Minister of the state.