Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje led Rajasthan Government has written to the Chief Bureau of Inquiry for scrutiny into Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law businessman Robert Vadra’s land deal cases.
Raje’s government had cancelled the mutation (transfer of land) of 374.44 hectares of land, after the land department claimed to have investigated that the allotments were made in under names of “illegal private persons”.
The tehsildar of the district had said in the complaint that government land to be used for expanding the Indian army’s firing range in the 34 villages of Bikaner, was allegedly illegally occupied by the land mafia by preparing “forged and fabricated documents” with support from the government officials. ED suspects that transactions of high amounts of money were laundered in this case by people buying land at low-cost rates through bogus documents.
The state government had, while cancelling the mutations, said that these were not issued by the Commissioner, Colonisation, Bikaner. Rajasthan police had also filed charge sheets in 18 cases in a court in Kolayat last year.
More details about the Robert Vadra Bikaner Land Grabbing Case
– In September 2015, ED registered a money laundering case regarding a land grab case in Bikaner, Rajasthan involving a firm allegedly linked to Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.
– The ED has not cited Robert Vadra’s name or mentioned any company associated with him in the FIR but it did mention a few Rajasthan government officials and some members of the “land mafia”. While filing the case, it had also undernoted some reports that had referred to a firm allegedly linked to Robert Vadra which had assimilated some of these Bikaner located lands.
– ED had conducted similar searches in the case in Delhi in 2015.
– 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 alleged land grab case pertains to acquisition of around 1,400 acres of land, sold to seven companies between 2009 and 2011. One of these was Sky Light Hospitality (SLH), a firm linked to Vadra.