Attacking Dhingra, Congress said he had compromised his position as a neutral arbiter by accepting favours from the BJP government in Haryana.As the S N Dhingra panel, which probed controversial land deals in Haryana involving Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, submitted its report to the state government, the opposition party alleged that Dhingra had “compromised his position” as an “independent” arbiter by accepting favours from the BJP government.
Fearing that contents of the report would form ammunition for BJP in the upcoming Assembly polls, Congress went on an offensive. The party said “portions of the report” were leaked to media even before it was submitted and argued that it reflected a “sinister conspiracy of Government of Haryana, of top leadership of the BJP and even the commission itself.”
“It clearly proves that the sole intent is to defame, conspire and malign rather than adjudge the issues fairly,” Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said and demanded that the report be made public. “The BJP, including its governments at the Centre and the state, have run a political agenda of vendetta and revenge for years together purely with a view to vilify and slander. The constitution of the Dhingra Commission was nothing but a mere cog in the wheel of this malicious witch hunt propagated and perpetuated by BJP for years together with complete and utter disregard for truth and facts,” Surjewala added.
Arguing that the panel had not heard Vadra or former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, he said: “Sections 8B and Section 8C of The Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952. require that any person prejudicially affected by findings of the Commission must be granted an opportunity of hearing, right to produce evidence in his defence, cross examine the witnesses who have deposed before the Commission and address the Commission in order to establish his innocence.”
Attacking Dhingra, Congress said he had compromised his position as a neutral arbiter by accepting favours from the BJP government in Haryana. Surjewala said Dhingra had taken favours “for Gopal Singh Charitable Trust headed by him, including expenditure of nearly Rs 1 crore from the public exchequer in contravention of government norms, besides accepting gift of land free of cost in Gurgaon for his Trust from a private individual.”
Surjewala argued that Vadra has been singled out.
Stating that various state governments have licenced over 33 thousand acres in Haryana, he said: “Out of this, the Commission was asked to inquire into only 16 cases of commercial licences totaling a mere 63.40 acres in Sector-83, Gurgaon, only because it included a licence measuring 2.7 acres owned by Skylight Hospitality Private Limited of Vadra…There is not even a whisper of favour, preferential treatment or violation of any rule, regulation and policy in the grant of licence for a small piece of 2.7 acres of land to Skylight Hospitality Private Limited.”
“Even the licence for this 2.7 acres of Skylight has not been renewed. Final permission for transfer of licence from Skylight to DLF has also not been granted till date…where is the question of any undue favour,” he said.
Congress said even the M L Khattar government has granted numerous licences under the same licencing policy in 2015 and 2016.
“Does it mean that there should be an inquiry against Khattar and BJP government also?,” it asked.
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