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Priyanka Vadra caught in massive land grab in Haryana!

The Dhingra Committee which was investigating the Robert Vadra land deals in Haryana has submitted the report, in which it has concluded that the son in law of Sonia Gandhi has made huge profit of 50.50 crores in land deals in 2008 without spending even a single rupee.

The Dhingra commission was set up in May 2015 by the Manohar Lal government in Haryana to look into the grant of licences for change in land use in four villages of Gurgaon, including the licence granted to a company (Skylight Hospitality) owned by Robert Vadra.

The committee confirmed that the previous government had favoured Robert Vadra in land deals by giving away government and agricultural lands at throw away prices.

The Dhingra commission has inquired into over 20 properties said to have been purchased by Vadra and his companies. Skylight Hospitality which belongs to Vadra, first bought land from Onkareshwar Properties which was then sold to developer DLF at a much higher price after the change in land use, resulting in the Rs 50.5-crore profit.

But now, the Dhingra committee report has submitted another report on land purchased by Priyanka Vadra. In the year 2006, Priyanak Gandhi had bought 5 acres of agricultural land in Village Amipur, Tehsil Faridabad, District Faridabad in Haryana.The land was purchased Rs 3 lacks/ acre, paying a total amount of for Rs 15 lacks for 5 acres.

The amount was paid by cheque and Priyanka Vadra showed the source of funds for the aforesaid purchase was rental income of Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from property inherited by her from her grandmother Smt. Indira Gandhi.
But just four years after the purchase of land, in 2010, she resold the land to the same person from whom she purchased for a huge amount of 80 lacks. She was given a whooping 16 lacks/ acre which is 6 times more the cost of what she paid.
Once the report was out, the Gandhi family immediately rubbished the charges claiming that all transaction was made through cheque and there was no misuse of money and power.
But this has been the Standard Operating Procedure of the Gandhi family, in which they first buy government agricultural lands at throw away prices and then influence the government to increase the land rates 5 folds more than the original price and resell the lands to the same people from whom they bought.
This has become a way of making huge profits by the Gandhi family. Robert Vadra’s wealth grew from Rs 50 lakh to over Rs 300 crore in three years which is 300% profit. The balance sheet of Vadra’s  companies had a “total share capital of just Rs 50 lakh” in 2007, but by 2010-11, Robert Vadra has gone on a property buying binge and has purchased at least 31 properties mostly in and around New Delhi, which even at the time of their purchase were worth several hundred crores (of rupees).

So it is very apparent how the Gandhi family literally looted the agricultural lands in Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi outskirts when they were in power.Now, it is come to light that Priyanka Vadra also was clearly involved in land grab cases since 2006.


Aishwarya S **

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