In a big setback to Congress President brother in law Robert Vadra, Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered another money laundering case against his real estate firm Sky Light Hospitality Pvt Ltd and a few others in connection with suspected financial and other irregularities in land deals in Haryana’s Gurgaon in 2008
Sky Light Hospitality Pvt Ltd, the company owned by Sonia Gandhi’s son in law Robert Vadra had purchased a piece of land in Gurugram and had booked profit of over Rs 50 crore by changing the land use during the Congress rule in Haryana.
The Enforcement Directorate(ED) has registered a case under the under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The central probe agency has filed a criminal FIR, known as enforcement case information report in official parlance. The fresh case follows searches conducted by the ED in December last year on three people linked to Vadra.
The searches were conducted in connection with its probe into alleged ‘commissions received by some suspects in defence deals’ and illegal assets stashed abroad. The new charges were based on an FIR under sections 420(cheating), 120(hatching conspiracy), 467,468 and 471(forgery) of the IPC, filed by Haryana police in September last year, said officials.
According to the Haryana Police FIR, Skylight Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., a firm allegedly linked to Vadra, purchased 3.5 acres of land in Gurgaon’s Sector 83 from Onkareshwar Properties for Rs 7.50 crore in 2008 when Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Congress was the chief minister and also held the portfolio of the Town and County Planning Department.
Later, Skylight Hospitality sold this land to realty major DLF at a price of Rs 58 crore, after procuring a commercial licence for the development of the colony with the influence of Hooda, the police had alleged.
The company thus made a profit of about Rs 50 crore, an allegation rejected by Vadra in the past. In return, the state government allotted 350 acres of land to DLF at Wazirabad in Gurgaon in violation of rules, the police had claimed. In the alleged quid pro quo, the realty major made Rs 5,000 crore, it had said.
The issue was first highlighted by the comptroller and auditor General in 2015 in its report where it has raised irregularities in land deals in Haryana during the Congress Government of Bhupinder Singh Hooda.The son in law of Congress Vadra is already being probed by the ED in connection with two PMLA cases — one related to land deals in Bikaner in Rajasthan and another linked to arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and illegal acquisition of overseas assets. It is also probing the role of Hooda in connection with a similar land deal case in Gurgaon’s Manesar area.
Time is not far when he will be punished for all his bad acts and looting the nation along with his in laws