Chandigarh(PTI): Four Haryana government officials have given a clean chit to Robert Vadra in the land deals involving him in the state following a probe which was ordered amid a huge row over his deals with realty major DLF.
The probe ordered by whisteblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka found there was no undervaluation of properties sold or bought to evade stamp duty or his companies in four districts in the Congress-ruled state or any revenue loss to the state exchequer, according to the reports of the officials.
The Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat in NCR region were asked by Khemka to inspect all documents registered from 2005 on behalf of the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi or his companies in the capacity of vendor (seller) and vendee (buyer).
Activist Arvind Kejriwal, who had demanded probe into Vadra-DLF dealings, and opposition BJP were today quick to trash the report of the officials. Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi, however, defended the report and asserted that the clean chit was not an “eywash”. The officials are all “responsible officers”, he said.
“That was expected. Country would be surprised if it were otherwise,” Kejriwal said. Describing the clean chit as a “self-certification”, BJP said there was no reason to believe in the findings of the probe.
“The clean chit given by the Haryana government to Robert Vadra in the land deals is a self-certification. “What else can they do? They are the accused, the investigators and the ones giving the clean chit,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said in New Delhi.
Khemka said if a report is pointing that there was no undervaluation then it will increase the faith of the people in the government functioning. The inquiries conducted by the DCs of the four districts have clarified on the basis of report of district revenue officials that there was no undervaluation in Vadra’s land deals, informed sources said in Chandigarh.
The report will be submitted to a three-member Committee headed by Aditional Chief Secretary which was asked by state government to inquire into the issues raised by Khemka who was removed as Inspector General of Registration after he ordered a probe into all the land dealings of Vadra in the four districts of Haryana.