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Soaking In The Acres

A letter from Khemka lays bare the outline of a plot by which DLF may have benefited

Soaking In The Acres
Jitender Gupta
Soaking In The Acres
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Deal Or No Deal

  • As the Haryana govt notified a commission of inquiry to look at the allotment of licences in Sector 83, Gurgaon, including to Robert Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality, IAS officer Khemka draws attention to possible quid pro quo to DLF
  • Khemka had in Nov 2014 made an expose on the basis of RTI documents that showed “undue favours” worth Rs 1,000 crore to to DLF in allotment of 350 acres in Waziarabad (Sectors 42, 53, 54), Gurgaon. The allotment had been quashed by the high court.
  • Khemka asked the government to launch independent probe and put complete facts before the SC. The Haryana government did neither. Powerful bureaucrats who took the controversial decisions are resisting scrutiny that could implicate them.
  • Alleged favours to DLF include huge concessions during auction. Were concessions to DLF in Wazirabad allotment related to DLF’s sweetheart deal with Vadra?

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A day after the Haryana government notified the Justice (Retd) S.N. Dhingra commission of inquiry to probe the Vadra land deals, Ashok Khemka, the IAS officer who had cancelled the deal despite political pressure, tweeted: “Imagine F1 champion obtaining his driving licence by transfer from some other driver and that too at several times its official price.” The F1 champion he is referring to is DLF and the other driver is Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Why should DLF, best qualified in the region in terms of financial and technical capacity to obtain a colony licence dir­ectly from the town and country planning department, choose to buy it from Vadra at seven times the price? The core question is: did it involve quid pro quo? Did DLF get something from the then Congress government of Haryana for involving Vadra in the deal as a middleman and buying a licence from him, all­owing him to reap a huge profit?

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