Chadigargh: A probe by two senior officers of the Haryana government has found that Robert Vadra’s company Skylight Hospitality owned land way beyond the prescribed limit in the state at a time when he got the licence for the controversial land in Shikhopur in Gurgaon.
According to Haryana Ceiling on Land Holdings Act-1972, physical holding of a person or family cannot exceed 53.8 acres though Vadra’s company owned 79 acres in the state in 2008, cited Haryana’s director, land records and consolidation of holdings (DLR) and the additional chief secretary (revenue) to the government.
The state revenue department has sought permission from Manohar Lal Khattar’s BJP government to take action against Vadra for failing to declare surplus land. The reports of both the officers are combined and are lying in the office of state revenue minister Capt Abhimanyu since December 17. If the recommendations are accepted, action against Vadra can be initiated for violating of laws, which invite a sentence of up to two years in jail.
The report also makes clear the web of complex land deals that Vadra made in Haryana over the years. It states that on January 9, 2008, his cumulative land holdings in Haryana had reached 56.75 acres which was already beyond the permissible limit.
By December 7, 2009, he owned a massive 146.755 acres. While some of this land was owned by Vadra directly, others were registered in the name of his companies. Records with the government show that he owned 99% of the shares in most companies.
Information sources from the revenue minister’s office say the state government has also been advised to reconsider the findings of the three-member panel that had given a clean chit to Vadra and accused the senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka in December 2012.