The CAG report, which was tabled in the Haryana Assembly on the last day of the Budget session yesterday, suggests that Vadra made a huge profit on the sale of a plot of land to DLF after he had obtained the change of land use for it.
In the report, it is noted that Skylight Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., a company set up by Mr Vadra with a paid up capital of only one lakh rupees, had purchased a 3.5 acre plot from Onkareshwar Properties Ltd at Manesar in Gurgaon in March 2008 for 7.5 crore rupees.
Thereafter, it was given land use change and then got a licence to develop the plot into a residential colony. While the land had cost Mr. Vadra only 15 crore rupees, it was sold to the DLF for 58 crore rupees after various permissions were obtained from the Congress government in the State. The auditor has raised questions on the way the quick sanctions were given to Mr Vadra`s company and noted possibility of extending undue benefit to the particular applicant.
The draft report of the CAG had last year directed the State Government to seek a refund of 41.51 crore rupees from Mr Vadra for the money he made on the DLF deal. Meanwhile, Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister Captain Abhimanyu said the government is examining the case of 912 acres of land in the Manesar industrial belt in Gurgaon district released by the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda government.
However, the Congress has dismissed reports that the Comptroller and Auditor General has found the erstwhile Congress Government of Haryana granting undue favours to Robert Vadra’s company. Party spokesman Randeep Surjewala yesterday said the Accountant General of Haryana has neither indicted the previous Congress Government nor Robert Vadra or Skylight Hospitality Private Limited for any violation of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975 or any rules or policy.