In a major development which could lead to some kind of political objectives, the Gurugram Police has booked Haryana’s former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Robert Vadra, brother in-law of Rahul Gandhi in an alleged fraudulent land transaction case in Gurugram on Saturday.
Realty giant DLF and Onkareshwar Properties were also booked by the police in Gurugram district under Sections 120-B, 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC and Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The complaint was lodged by Surender Singh, a resident of Tauru in Nuh district, alleging fraudulent land transaction in Shikohpur, Sector 83 of Gurugram in 2008.
Surender Singh alleged that Skylight Hospitality, a Vadra firm, was registered in 2007 with a capital of just Rs 1 lakh while in 2008,the firm purchased land measuring 3.5 acres for Rs 7.5 crore from Onkareshwar Properties though the cheque for Rs 7.5 crore was never encashed by the seller.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who held the charge of the Department of Town and Country Planning in the state, violated rules and regulations to grant commercial colony licence to Vadra’s firm. The criteria of financial and technical capacity of the company was never assessed by the state government, it is alleged.
The complainant alleged the quid pro quo between Vadra and DLF, as DLF was favoured in the allotment of around 350 acres of land for a golf course in Wazirabad soon after the 58 crore deal between the two.
It may be interesting to know that the Ashok Khemka, the whistleblower IAS officer has cancelled the mutation of this particular land in 2012 for allegedly violating rules and regulations. The officer had also raised questions about the nature of this transaction.