Kejriwal reveals collusion between Haryana govt, DLF & Vadra

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New Delhi, Oct 9: Anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal today furnished more details regarding the business transactions between Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and construction firm DLF.

Addressing a packed press conference in the evening, Kejriwal said that the Haryana government had allocated to DLF 30 acres of land wherein a hospital was supposed to come up.

He said that the relevant notifications were issued on Dec 6, 2006 and Mar 9, 2007. When illegal allotment of this land was challenged in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the judges overturned the Haryana government's decision.

Releasing a set of documents which contain excerpts of the judgement, Kejriwal referred to the High Court's observation: "... there is a nexus between the (Haryana) government and DLF to grab the land in question and everything was facilitated to give the same a legal cover."

Kejriwal pointed out that M/S North India IT Parks Pvt Ltd, owned by Robert Vadra, held 50 per cent stake in DLF SEZ Holdings Pvt Ltd for nearly a year before the same was sold to the realty major.

Kejriwal alleged that though Unitech and Country Heights bid for the SEZ project along with DLF, the Haryana government rejected the financial bids of Country Heights and Unitech on the grounds that the two firms did not have experience in constructing and maintaining a golf course.

Kejriwal noted that the bids of Country Heights and Unitech were higher than DLF's, yet the Haryana government allotted the land at a loss to DLF.

He said that 75.98 acres out of the total 350 was Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) land whereas the remaining 275 belonged to Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HSIIDC).

Kejriwal rued that when HUDA and HSIIDC parted with their lands to DLF, the farmers who had given up their plots to the government were cheated. Demanding a white paper in this regard from the Haryana government, he also questioned why central ministers are continuously defending Vadra.

"When a country's finance minister runs to the defence of these people flaunting how clean Robert Vadra's IT records are, we can only guess how transparent a white paper will be," Kejriwal quipped.

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