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Cong rejects Dhingra panel report, alleges 'witch-hunt' by Haryana Govt.

Updated: Aug 31, 2016 19:41 IST

New Delhi [India], Aug 31 (ANI): Noting that the constitution of Dhingra Commission was a 'mere cog' in the wheel of malicious witch-hunt propagated by Manohar Lal Khattar-led government, the Congress Party on Wednesday attempted to defend Robert Vadra and accused the BJP of indulging in mudslinging without an iota of evidence.

"The naked prejudice in the very constitution of Dhingra commission is apparent from one simple fact, various state governments have given a license for 33,697 acres of land including over 11,000 acres of land in Gurgaon. Out of this Dhingra commission was asked to enquire only 16 cases of commercial licenses totaling a merely 63.40 acres only because Sky Light hospitality belonging to Mr. Vadra had a license for a small 2.7 acre in the same," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

"There is till date not a whisper of any foul play and any wrongdoing, any violation of law, policy, rules or regulation in grant of license to Sky Light hospitality own by Mr. Vadra," he added.

The Congress spokesperson pointed out that the license for this 2.7 acre of land given to Sky Light has not been renewed by the Haryana Government.

"Even the transfer of license from Sky Light to DLF has not granted permission till today by government of Haryana.. Khattar government Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar has granted license under the same policy to numerous people both in the year 2015 and 2016 by this logic, shouldn't the commission of enquiry be constituted against Khattar and the BJP government?" he asked.

Surjewala alleged that Justice Dhingra has 'compromised' his position as an independent arbiter by accepting favors from the present BJP government of Haryana.

"Justice S.N. Dhingra commission is a still born commission irrespective of what is written in the report. Justice Dhingra has asked for favours from the present BJP government of Haryana for Gopal Singh charitable trust headed by him and getting a road worth crore of rupees out of public funds in contravention of norms for construction of road sanction from Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar," said Surjewala.

"Why should a judge who is examining licensing and policy of licensing in Gurgaon and state of Haryana accept a gift of land for the trust he is heading free of cost from any person?" he asked.

The one-man Justice S.N. Dhingra commission, set up by the Bharatiya Janata Party government in May last year, was asked to probe controversial land deals in Haryana, including the land deals of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra.

The commission was asked to probe the grant of licenses to Vadra's company and other firms for developing commercial properties in Gurgaon's Sector 83 and some other prime areas.

It was mandated to probe their subsequent transfer or disposal, allegations of private enrichment, ineligibility of beneficiaries under the rules, and other connected matters.

Vadra had termed the inquiry commission as a "political witch-hunt" launched against him by the BJP government in Haryana. (ANI)

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