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Haryana land deal: Judicial Commission submits report

Newsroom24x7 Staff

Placard with Robert Vadra photo
Placard showing Robert Vadra (in the centre with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi). Representative image.

Chandigarh/New Delhi: The Congress party is feeling the heat after Justice S N Dhingra, a former judge of Delhi High Court, presented a 182-page report to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar into the controversial land deals in Haryana allegedly involving Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.

The Haryana Government led by Khattar had appointed a one man judicial Inquiry Commission headed by Justice S N Dhingra in May 2015 to probe all matters relating to the change of land use and grant of license(s) by the State Department of Town and Country Planning to develop residential colonies in Sector 83, Gurgaon. Under probe was also mutation of land deal linked to Skylight Hospitality, a firm owned by Robert Vadra.and DLF


Speaking to media-persons after handing over the report to the Chief Minister, Justice Dhingra said that had there been no irregularity, he would have submiited a one line report and not a 182 page report which carries all evidence and names all those who have committed irregularities and benefited from the land deal.

Justice Dhingra said that the report is the property of the State Government and it is up to the government act on it or decide when it wants to make it public.

The Congress leaders, according to party insiders want the report to be tabled in the Assembly, State Government would be taking legal opinion and the possibility of this case being handed over to the CBI cannot be ruled out.

Dainik Bhaskar Group: Acquisition of land for Sanskaar Valley School comes under a cloud

Lalit Shastri

Sanskaar Valley SchoolA huge controversy surrounds a piece of land on the outskirts of Bhopal, in an area contiguous with the Ratapani Sanctuary, that was purchased by Sharda Devi Charitable Trust to build the sprawling campus of Sanskaar Valley School that was inaugurated by Congress President Sonia Gandhi in July 2006.

Sharda Devi Charitable Trust is closely linked with Dainik Bhaskar Group. The registered address of this Trust, as shown in the sale deed of the controversial piece of land, and the Corporate office of DB Corp Limited is in the same building – Dwarka Sadan, 6 Press Complex in Bhopal. This building is built on a plot that also has run into a deep controversy due to two lease deeds (click to read more).

The sale deed for the land (37.13 acre in village Chandanpura) acquired for building the Sanskaar Valley School has thrown up many questions and only a thorough probe will help in answering these- especially how the name of the owner of this land, which was shown as grazing land in government records, was changed by the concerned authorities without bringing credible evidence on record and without following due procedure. This smacks of a conspiracy allegedly hatched to regularise the sale of government grazing land in a picturesque surrounding of Bhopal to a former state Chief Minister’s son and the remaining part of it to Sharda Devi Charitable Trust for setting up the Sanskaar Valley School – the sale deed for this says that the land was sold to the Trust for Rs. 66,83,400. From this sale consideration Rs. 17, 11,000 was paid on behalf of the Trust by Writers and Publishers Ltd as settler of the Trust. The remaining amount 49,72,400 was paid through cheque on 15 July 2004. The sale deed is mysteriously silent about the source and the account from which the remaining amount, which was close to Rs. 50 lakh, was paid.

The seller of this land, Nazmul Rehman Qureshi (N.R. Qureshi) says in the sale deed signed by him for a part of the same piece of land sold to a former chief minister’s son that he had acquired it through a registered sale deed on 28 May 1953. The authenticity of the sale deed gets exposed as the date of birth mentioned in Qureshi’s passport number UO63740 issued in Dubai on 15 March 1995 is 24 April 1951. Obviously under the law of the land, as a less than two year old child in 1953, he could not have acquired this piece of land through a registered sale deed. Inquiries by Newsroom24x7 have also put a question mark on the antecedents and background of Qureshi. A reliable source pointing to his passport issued in Dubai said an agency like the National Investigation Agency (NIA) should probe Qureshi’s antecedents and also whether or not he has had links with a banned organisation like the SIMI.

During the previous Congress regime in Madhya Pradesh, the MP State Industrial Development Corporation (MPSIDC) had introduced the controversial inter-corporate deposit scheme (ICDS) in 1995 under which ICD transactions were done with different industries and corporate houses. After many groups had become defaulters vis-a-vis the ICDS scheme, the BJP regime led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan in 2005-06 provided the escape route by offering a one-time settlement. Dainik Bhaskar was a beneficiary of this settlement policy.

The Dainik Bhaskar Group that began as a small-town newspaper from a congested lane in Bhopal more than 50 years ago today boasts of its position as the largest circulated national daily of India.

Notwithstanding its pan-India presence, the Bhaskar Group is now caught in an ongoing legal battle and the question to be decided by court is whether M/s Dwarka Prasad Agarwal and Brothers is the owner or whether M/s Writers and Publishers Limited and DB Corp Limited are the owners of the daily Hindi newspaper Dainik Bhaskar with all its editions across India. Linked with this case is the sale of the publishing business of Dainik Bhaskar, Bhopal to Writers and Publishers in March 1985 and the creation of a new lease deed for the plot allotted to Dainik Bhaskar in April 1985. There is also a demand for a thorough investigation into the two lease deeds for the allotment of a plot to Dainik Bhaskar in Bhopal (click for more).

Click here for more on the land acquired for Sanskaar Valley School

What we could not do in Bofors, we may do in Agustawestland: Manohar Parrikar

Newsroom24x7 Staff

AugustaWestland VVIP helicopterNew Delhi: Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar today mounted a blistering attack on the Congress over the Augustawestland helicopter deal by concluding concluding his speech in Lok sabha today by stating “what we could not do in Borfors we may do in Agustawestland.”

Parrikar accused the the previous Congress led UPA Government for not taking forward the investigation into the Agusta chopper deal. He put both the CBI and the Enforcement directorate in the dock on this count. Parikkar especially named the previous Enforcement director saying the file relating to the Agusta deal was kept locked in a drawer by the Enforcement Director. The investigation was ttaken up seriously only when Mr. Arun Jaitley was holding the Defence and Finance portfolios, he told the House.

The former Air Chief S.P Tyagi and Gautam Khaitan (whose names have figured prominently in the Agusta deal) are small people who had only washed their hands in the flowing Gaga (of corruption), Parrikar said adding the Government will now find out where the river was flowing.

The Agusta contract was signed in 2010, whereas Tyagi had retired in 2007, Parrikar said pointing out that the former Air Chief might have might have got just a fraction of what was paid off.

In the meanwhile the Congress staged a wakkout demanding a Supreme Court monitored time-bound investigation.

Placard with Robert Vadra photo
Placard with Robert Vadra photo

Outside Parliament, the Congress organised a “Save Democracy” rally at Jantar Mantar and the message the Congress party was giving to the people is that the Government and the ruling BJP was trying to murder democracy by destabilising democratically elected governments. The placards the Congress activists were carrying with the slogan “Save Democracy were carrying the faces of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, her son-in-law Robert vadra and Vice Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. The Congress leaders, including Ms. Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi later tried to lead a protest march defying orders. They were briefly arrested and released at the Parliament Street Police station

AgustaWestland scam: BJP targets Sonia Gandhi, noisy scenes in Rajya sabha

Newsroom24x7 Staff

AugustaWestland VVIP helicopter
Representative photo

New Delhi: The ruling BJP today dragged Congress President Sonia Gandhi in the Rs.3,600 VVIP AgustaWestland chopper kickback scam with party MP Subramanian Swamy taking her name leading to uproar in the Rajya Sabha with the Congress members trooping into the well of the House disrupting proceedings for almost an hour.

Ms. Gandhi dismissed the allegations dubbing them as “false and baseless”. She said that this is “character assassination” and took the ruling side head on by emphasisng that she was not afraid of being cornered on this issue.

Talking to media-persons in Parliament House, Ms. Gandhi asked what has the Government done in last two years and demanded that the ongoing probe should be done as soon as possible and impartially to find the truth.

The abandoned Agustawestland deal has acquired the dimension of a huge scam due to alleged bribes to the tune of Rs.360 crore said to have been paid in clinching the deal. The issue has blown up after an Italian court has cited handwritten references to Ms. Gandhi, senior Congress leader and her political secretary Ahmed Patel and former Air Chief S P Tyagi by a middleman in a judgement convicting the helicopter company’s chief executive.