Inquiries conducted by the deputy commissioners of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat have indicated that there was no wrongdoing in land deals involving UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra
A day after his transfer, whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka had on October 12 asked the deputy commissioners to inspect documents registered from 2005 on behalf of Vadra or his companies in the capacity of either vendor (seller) or vendee (buyer).
Palwal deputy commissioner Vijay Singh Dahiya said, “No transaction has been reported to be undervalued.”
A revenue official said Vadra and his firms had purchased 74 acres of land in Hasanpur village of Hodel tehsil. “All documents were registered as per the circle rates (charges fixed by government) by paying stamp duty. No loss was caused to the state exchequer,” said an October 18 report prepared by the Gurgaon DC.
“In one deal, Vadra paid more than Rs 2.21 lakh as stamp duty for buying 9 acres of land, though he was liable to pay only Rs 67,500. The total consideration of the deal, executed on March 3, 2008, has been shown as worth Rs 36.9 lakh against the then circle rate of Rs 13.5 lakh, which means that the land was registered on the higher side than the charges fixed by the government,” the DC said. Vadra bought this land from a Gurgaon-resident, H L Pahwa.
In another deal, Vadra paid Rs 15 lakh to another Gurgaon resident, Jashwant Singh, for about 10 acres of land. Other three plots were bought by Vadra’s companies — Sky Light Realty and Real Earth Estates — in Palwal district.
There were 11 registrations involving over 52 acres related to Vadra companies in Faridabad district. “There was not even a single case of undervaluation or theft of stamp duty,” said a senior officer. Revenue officials of Mewat also said there was no wrongdoing in the purchase of 27 acres in Shakarpuri village.