Jaipur, Apr 27 UNI | 3 months ago

Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has strongly refuted charges levelled by BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad for 'the facilitation and favour' shown during his previous regime, to the Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra in purchase of lands in the state.

Mr Gehlot also reiterated his demand of instituting an inquiry by a panel headed by a sitting High Court judge in land deals by the Vadra's company and also in the expansion/ renovation of property within Dholpur palace and some other property/land deals by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's MP son in Lucknow, New Delhi and some other places.

Rejecting as 'rubbish' allegations by the BJP spokesman, the former Chief Minister said in a statement here today ''Neither my government had done any favour/help to Vadra's companies nor had Vadra and/or any one made any request for favour/facilitation.

Many a companies/groups and/or individuals did purchase vast lands in Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Barmer districts for solar power installations,'' he said.

However, when Vadra's land deals made head lines in the media, the then state government had sought report from the district authorities about the deals and their report held that neither the land purchased by Vadra's companies fall under ceiling restrictions nor did any law/norm and/or rule was violated/broke in the allotments.

''Even then I do reiterate my demand for instituting a probe headed by the High Court sitting Judge for probing Vadra's land deals and also the controversial dealings/purchases by Chief Minister Raje's son'', Gehlot said.

(Posted on 28-04-2014)