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BJP gives it back to Cong in Rajasthan

In a tit-for-tat move, the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan may initiate an inquiry against land deals entered into by Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. According to sources, five BJP MPs have written to the new Rajasthan chief minister demanding for a probe, under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, into Vadra’s land deals in the state during the reign of the Congress government. The MPs including Ravi Shankar Prasad, Arjun Meghwal, J P Nadda, Bhupender Yadav and Rajendra Aggarwal have requested the Rajasthan government for a thorough investigation into the alleged irregularities in the land purchased by Vadra and his companies near Bikaner. ‘There is a land ceiling act in Rajasthan and when an ordinary person violates it he faces action. Vadra has openly violated the act and this was ignored by then Congress government despite complaints. There is a need for a transparent probe,’ their letter reads.

In 2009, Vavasi group had signed a MoU with Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government to set up a silicon manufacturing complex at Kolayat with an investment of Rs 45,000 crores. Anticipating good returns, North India IT Powers Pvt. Ltd owned by Vadra bought 311 acres of land near Bikaner-Kolayat road near Baap village in Jodhpur district. The land was bought in small chunks from farmers. The biggest chunk of 161 acres was bought at Kolayat by Vadra’s company North India IT Powers for Rs 1.2 crores. Six other chunks measuring a total of 151 acres were bought for Rs 2.43 crores by other companies including Real Earth Real Estate Pvt. Ltd, Sky Lite Realty Pvt. Ltd and Sky Lite Hospitality in which Vadra reportedly has some stake. Controversy started haunting Vadra after it was found from the revenue department that the land registration duty was paid on the basis of wasteland rate decided by the government. Vadra bought the wasteland at a cheap rate to sell it to individual companies at higher prices.
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