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Allahabad High Court admits PIL against Vadra

Posted on Oct 12, 10:19AM | IBNS

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Thursday admitted a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by a social activist seeking a probe order from the Prime Minister's Office to into the undervalued property deals between Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and the realty bellwether DLF following serious charges of corruption against them by the India Against Corruption (IAC) group.

The petition has been filed two days back by social activist and journalist Nutan Thakur. It was admitted by court on Thursday.

"In my Writ Petition No 8596/2012 (M/B) filed in the Allahabad High Court, Lucknow bench regarding allegations made by Arvind Kejriwal against Robert Vadra, the High Court asks the Prime Minister's office to present a detailed reply within 3 weeks," Thakur, also an RTI activist, told IBNS.

She said the next date of hearing is on Nov 21.

On Oct 5, creating a political firestorm, IAC leader Arvind Kejriwal and his team targetted the Congress first family laying before people the undervalued property deals of Vadra with DLF, alleging the latter made hundreds of crores in return of government favours to the firm by Congress ruled governments like the one in Haryana.

Soon after the charges were slapped, the entire Congress machinery was out defending the Gandhis with Sonia Gandhi herself in a one-liner statement denying Vadra misused his position. Congress called Vadra a soft target of publicity hungry Kejriwal.

Kejrwial named Robert Vadra, husband of Priyanka Gandhi, as a beneficiary of Rs 300 crore in a huge property deal by DLF company under which he was allegedly given properties in a throwaway price.

Defending Robert Vadra Congress leader and Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily said no anomalies were found in the business deals of Vadra and realty major DLF.

He said there was no wrong done prima facie in the deals.

"No violations were found In DLF-Robert Vadra issue. From our record we do not find any irregularity or violations," said Moily.

In the second instalment of his "expose" on the links, Kejriwal on Tuesday said documents proved that the Haryana government had favoured the company and acquired land from farmers by trick to hand over to DLF where Vadra held majority shares.

Demanding a white paper on the deals with DLF from the Haryana government, Kejriwal said the farmers were cheated and their land acquired for development of roads and housing for common people were handed over to DLF from where Vadra derived benefits. He said land use was changed after acquiring the plots.

He said even the Punjab and Haryana High Court said there is a mala fide nexus between the two.

He said the Haryana government instead of building hospital in the land meant for it, permitted real estate firm DLF to build there something else.

He said the court has said Haryana government is showering favours on DLF.

Vadra has trashed all charges as baseless and aimed at gaining political mileage by Kejriwal to boost the fortunes of his new political party.