Businessman Robert Vadra, who is also the son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, made unlawful profits of Rs 50.5 crore from a land deal in Haryana without spending a single penny, the Justice SN Dhingra Commission has reportedly concluded.
The Economic Times, which first reported the development, was informed by people familiar with the commission's report that it has sought a probe into properties bought by Vadra and his businesses.
According to ET, over 20 properties supposedly bought by Vadra and his companies were inquired by the commission.
"One of these, Skylight Hospitality, had bought land from Onkareshwar Properties which was then sold to developer DLF at a much higher price after the change in land use, resulting in the Rs 50.5-crore profit, people familiar with the report told ET," the publication stated.
The commission's had submitted its 182-page report to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in August last year.
Last week, the state government sent it to the Supreme Court since the latter had asked for it regarding a pending petition on land deals.
Ex-Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda however has filed a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the commission, the report states.
Hooda on Thursday also claimed that the Dhingra Commission report had been leaked by either the BJP government in the state or by its officers.
The Dhingra Commission was set up by the BJP government in Haryana in 2015 to probe the grant of commercial licenses to private companies, including the licence granted to Vadra-owned Skylight Hospitality.
While speaking to the media last year after submitting the report, Justice (retd) Dhingra said, "The report has two volumes and the third volume has the details of the documents which I received on June 30, 2016. There have been irregularities in the land allotment deals. The contents of the report will be provided when Haryana Government starts the investigation and if they want to make it public, they can do so. Irregularities in grant and the manner it has been benefited and to whom have been examined by me. I have named each and every person who is involved in the irregularities."
Funds for my property not linked to husband's finances, says Priyanka Gandhi
Meanwhile, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday said that property acquired by her had no links to finances of her husband, his Skylight Hospitality or reality major DLF.
In a statement issued by her office following queries by a journalist, Priyanka said that six years prior to the alleged "land deal involving Skylight Hospitality" on April 28, 2006, she purchased 40 kanal (five acres) agricultural land in Amipur village of Faridabad.
She said the land was purchased for Rs 15 lakh through cheque, which comes to Rs 3 lakh per acre.
The statement said that the funds for the purchase came from rental income of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from property inherited by her from her grandmother Indira Gandhi.
"The source of funds for this or any other property acquired by Priyanka has no relationship whatsoever with Robert Vadra's finances and/or Skylight Hospitality and no relationship whatsoever with (reality firm) DLF," the statement said.
With IANS inputs