The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is hell-bent on interrogating Robert Vadra in the various land deals in the Bikaner district. The agency has moved a petition in the Rajasthan High Court at Jodhpur for the same.
It has sought the court’s intervention to interrogate Vadra by arresting him. The petition which came up for hearing on Monday will now have its hearing on January 28. Till then the agency will not be able to arrest Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. The hearing in the Vadra case has been deferred several times in the past.
The ED has sought the court’s permission to interrogate Vadra and Mahesh Nagar, the middle man in the various land deals in Kolayat sub-division under Bikaner district. Justice Pushpendra Singh Bhati, who is hearing the petition has deferred the hearing till January 28.
Assistant Solicitor general Rajdeepak Rastogi and Bhanu Pratap Bohra appeared for the ED, while veteran lawyer KTS Tulsi appeared for Vadra.
Land grab case of Robert Vadra
The ED is probing the alleged land grab case of Vadra’s company that dates back to 2009-11. The Rajasthan government acquired around 1,400 acres of land, mostly barren and sold to seven companies, including Skylight Hospitality (SLH)—a firm connected to Robert Vadra.
When the ED sent notices to Vadra seeking explanation for the land deals, he did not respond. He did not answer to the various summons by the ED. Later, Vadra sought the intervention of the Rajasthan High Court against ED so that the agency does not summon him in the land case. But the high court directed Vadra and his mother Maureen Vadra to cooperate the ED in this case.
18 FIRs registered
In this case, 18 FIRs were registered by Gajner and Kolayat police station in Bikaner between August and September 2014. This was the time when the state was ruled by the BJP.
It is alleged that some blank allotment letters with stamps were stolen by two accused from colonisation department (Bikaner) and that these blank letters were later used for preparing forged and fabricated allotment letters in the name of the alleged displaced persons.
On the basis of these forged allotment letters, 1,422 bigha land was recorded in revenue record (jamabandis) in the name of these fictitious allottees without due verification of these allotment letters from the colonization department.
About 1,372 bigha of impugned land was allegedly sold to various individuals and companies in this manner.
It was also alleged that Skylight Hospitality purchased a part of the land. Probe agencies suspect that Robert Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality had purchased 69.55 hectares for Rs 72 lakh and then sold it to Allegeny Finlease for Rs 5.15 crore, earning a profit of Rs 4.43 crore.
The Rajasthan Police had filed a case of forgery in regards to the allotment of land in the area.
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