Vadra in trou­ble again as ED calls 2 ex-babus

Both ex-bu­reau­crats are to be ques­tioned in Bikaner land scam

The Asian Age - - Front Page - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Fresh trou­ble seems to be brew­ing for Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress pres­i­dent Sonia Gandhi, as the En­force­ment Direc­torate is set ques­tion two for­mer senior bu­reau­crats of the Ra­jasthan rev­enue depart­ment as part of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged multi-crore land scam in Bikaner district.

The ED has al­ready ex­am­ined Mr Vadra in the case. The of­fi­cials are said to have played a cru­cial role in al­lot­ting al­lot­ting agri­cul­tural land to a firm linked to Mr Vadra, sources said.

The ED had re­cently at­tached as­sets worth `4.62 crores as part of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which in­clude im­mov­able prop­erty at Sukhdev Vi­har in New Delhi, owned by a firm al­legedly linked to Mr Vadra.

Trou­ble seems to be brew­ing for Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, as the En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) is set to ques­tion two for­mer senior bu­reau­crats of the rev­enue depart­ment of Ra­jasthan gov­ern­ment as part of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged multi-crore land scam in Bikaner district.

The agency has al­ready ex­am­ined Mr Vadra in con­nec­tion with the case. “In­ves­ti­ga­tion by the ED has revealed that th­ese of­fi­cials played a cru­cial role in the al­lot­ment of agri­cul­tural land to the firm linked to Vadra”, sources said. The Cen­tral probe agency re­cently at­tached as­sets, worth `4.62 crore, as part of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter. The pro­vi­sion­ally at­tached as­sets in­cluded im­mov­able prop­erty at Sukhdev Vi­har, owned by a firm al­legedly linked to Mr Vadra.

“The agency will soon call two for­mer bu­reau­crats of the state ad­min­is­tra­tion as it is sus­pected that they played a cru­cial role in al­lot­ting land to an ac­cused com­pany”, sources said.

The ED had reg­is­tered a crim­i­nal case in con­nec­tion with the deal in 2015, tak­ing cog­ni­sance of FIRs and charge sheets filed by the Ra­jasthan po­lice after the lo­cal tehsil­dar of Bikaner com­plained about al­leged forgery in the al­lot­ment of land in the area. The agency is also prob­ing the role of a big steel firm that gave loans to a com­pany that bought the land from firms al­legedly linked to Mr Vadra for a very in­flated price, sources said. How­ever, Mr Vadra had ear­lier de­nied any wrong­do­ing in con­nec­tion with the land deal and the Congress had claimed that the case was a re­sult of “sheer po­lit­i­cal vendetta”.

The Ra­jasthan gov­ern­ment had in Jan­uary 2015 can­celled the mu­ta­tion (trans­fer of land) of 374.44 hectares of land, after the land depart­ment claimed to have found that the al­lot­ments were made in the names of il­le­gal pri­vate per­sons.

◗ The agency has al­ready ex­am­ined Robert Vadra in con­nec­tion with the case. In­ves­ti­ga­tion has revealed that th­ese of­fi­cials played a cru­cial role in the al­lot­ment of agri­cul­tural land

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