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Indian Congress rejects probe into land deals
Publication Date : 18-10-2012
Notwithstanding the raging controversy over alleged murky dealings between Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s businessman son-in-law, Robert Vadra, and a real estate firm, the Congress yesterday categorically rejected the need for any comprehensive, independent probe into the Vadra-DLF episode.
When asked whether the Centre will institute an independent probe into the entire gamut of the Vadra-DLF transactions as they have been raising disturbing questions on a daily basis, the Congress national spokesman, Rashid Alvi, said: “All allegations are absolutely baseless. No inquiry is needed. It is not necessary at all. I outright reject it.” Alvi said: “An inquiry is done only on the basis of a complaint. Has anyone approached the Centre or any of its agencies or courts?”
Vadra, husband of Priyanka Gandhi, is accused of corruption in land deals by providing illegal benefits to DLF.
The Congress spokesman also denied the party-ruled Haryana government’s controversial decision to transfer the senior Indian Administrative Service officer Ashok Khemka, who was probing alleged irregularities in Vadra-DLF land deals, from his office as the Inspector General of Registration and Director General of Land Consolidation could be “linked” to his inquiry into the Vadra matter.
Echoing the Haryana government’s line, Alvi claimed Khemka’s transfer was done in the light of a recent Punjab and Haryana High Court order. “He was transferred on October 11. He gave his inquiry orders (to the four district commissioners asking them to probe Vadra’s land deals since 2005) on October 12. He cancelled the mutation of the land on October 15. Where is the link?” “All these decisions were taken by the Haryana officer after his transfer,” Alvi said. Noting that he was transferred over 40 times in his two decades long career as an IAS officer, the Congress spokesman asked, “The question is, why was he transferred 39 times earlier, there should be some reason...administrative ones.”