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SC refuses to entertain petition against Vadra

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which sought CBI probe in land deals of Robert Vadra in Haryana. The court questioned the petitioner for targeting only one person Vadra when his petition said that the Haryana government had given licence for 21,000 acres. The court said petition was filed for cheap publicity. Vadra is son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi

A bench comprising of Justice HL Dattu and Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that petitioner could not be allowed to destroy the name of a person. ‘Why you chose only one person? Let us clarify that in the name of PIL we are not going to sully the name of a particular person. Merely because he is related to a political family, you cannot call him a sinner’, said the bench.

‘Don’t spoil the name of a person for cheap publicity. You should channelise you energy for people in need instead of cheap publicity,’ asked the bench to petitioner M L Sharma, an advocate.

The plea had also sought quashing of the reported order for stopping audit probe against colony licence issued to Skylight Hospitality Pvt Ltd with which Vadra is said to be associated. Sharma had claimed that the Department of Town and Country Planning issued hundreds of licences for over 21,000 acres land spread over Gurgaon and other parts of the state during 2005 to 2012.
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