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Haryana ‘clean chit’ to Vadra

Robert Vadra was on Friday given a clean chit by the Congress government in Haryana in a probe that said there was no “undervaluation” or loss of revenue to the government in the controversial land deals involving him in the State.

“The Deputy Commissioners of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat have inspected all the documents registered in their districts from January 1, 2005, till date by or on behalf of Mr. Vadra or his companies in the capacity of either vendor or vendee and have certified that no deed has been found registered as undervalued,” an official release said.

The release detailed the lands registered by the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and/or his companies and said the “stamp duty paid has also been found to be much higher than the rate duly notified by the Collector. Therefore, no loss of revenue to the State has been caused by these sale deeds.”

The probe was ordered by whistle-blower IAS officer Ashok Khemka amid a huge row over his deals with realty major DLF.

ctivist Arvind Kejriwal, who had demanded the probe into the Vadra-DLF dealings, and the Opposition BJP were quick to slam the Haryana government.

Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi, however, defended the report and asserted that the clean chit was no “eyewash.”

“That was expected. The country would be surprised if it was otherwise,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

Mr. Khemka said if a report pointed out that there was no undervaluation then it would increase the faith of the people in the government’s functioning.

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