Rahul Gandhi also undervalued land, alleges Chautala

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Jalandhar, Oct 18: Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief and former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala said on Wednesday that besides Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the latter's son, Rahul Gandhi, had also bought land in Haryana at prices much lower than market prices and averted stamp duty by undervaluing the sales. He said revenue officials had helped Rahul in evading the stamp duty.

Chautala alleged that the state government led by the Congress helped both Vadra and Rahul in the illegal land deals and sought a judicial probe into the case. According to the INLD chief, while Vadra had bought 74 acres for around Rs 1.64 crore, Rahul Gandhi purchased 6.5 acres in Palwal district in 2008 and 2009.

Chautala produced copies of the sale deeds in favour of Rahul and Vadra at a press conference. He said Rahul had bought the land from HL Pahwa, a resident of DLF Gurgaon, for just Rs 26.47 lakh in March 2008 while on the sale deed, the collector rate was mentioned as Rs 1.5 lakh per acre.

Congress, however, rubbished the charges saying they were defamatory. It countered Chautala's charges by saying that Rahul had bought 6,456 acres in Palwal for Rs 26.47 lakh four years ago. It said the prevailing collector rate for the land was Rs 1.50 lakh but Rahul had paid Rs 4.1 lakh per acre.

The party also defended its leader saying that the latter paid a stamp duty of Rs 1,58,820. According to Chautala, the market price of the land at that time was around Rs 30-35 lakh and the collector rate was Rs 6 lakh per acre.

The INLD leader also said that Lalit Nagar, who contested on a Congress ticket in Palwal district in the last assembly polls, is witness to the registration of sale deed.

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