Slamming Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief Om Parkash Chautala for accusing Rahul Gandhi of tax evasion in a land deal in Haryana’s Palwal district, the Congress, on Thursday, asked him to look within before making "baseless" allegations against others.

“The allegations made by Chautala against Rahul Gandhi are totally baseless. Chautala should think about himself and his sons first rather than making allegations against others,” party spokesman Rashid Alvi said.

Mr Chautala had on Wednesday accused Mr Rahul of tax evasion in the purchase of land in a village in Palwal district.

Mr Alvi said Mr Rahul had purchased the land and paid the amount for it as well the duty on it. “What is wrong in it,” he asked.

The INLD chief had demanded investigation into Mr Rahul’s land deal by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. Mr Rahul’s office had on Wednesday termed the charges as “entirely false, utterly baseless and defamatory“.

“Rahul Gandhi purchased a piece of land measuring around 6.5 acre in Hasanpur village in Palwal district of Haryana in March 2008. He resorted to tax evasion in it. Rahul bought this land at the rate of Rs 1.5 lakh per acre as mentioned in the land registration deed even as its valuation by the government at that time was Rs 8 lakh per acre,” Mr Chautala had alleged on Wednesday.

In a strong point by point rebuttal, Mr Rahul’s office said he purchased 51 Kanal, 13 Marla (6.456 acres) of Sailab land in Hassanpur Village of Hodal Tehsil in Palwal district.

“The land was purchased for a total purchase price of Rs. 26.47 lakh paid for by cheque, which is the equivalent of Rs. 4.10 lakh per acre.

“The prevailing Collector Rate for Sailab Land in Hassanpur Village, Tehsil Hodal for 2007-08 and as of March 3 2008, the date of purchase was Rs. 1.5 lakh per acre.

“Gandhi paid stamp duty of six percent amounting to Rs. 01 lakh 58 thousand 820 on the purchase price of Rs. 26.47 lakh at a rate of Rs. 4 lakh 10 thousand six per acre (i.e. at over 2.7x the prevailing Collector Rate),” a release by the office of the Congress leader said.

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