Posted On Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 08:23:14 AM
Arvind Kejriwal (L) wants the government to order an SIT probe into Robert Vadra’s property deals with real estate giant DLF
After lashing out at Robert Vadra last week, anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday described the Haryana government as an “agent” of realty giant DLF. Kejriwal alleged that Vadra has links with DLF in various land deals.
“The Haryana government has become an agent of DLF. It is not a people’s government. How did Vadra’s wealth jump from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 300 crore in five years? DLF is giving loads of favours to him (Vadra),” Kejriwal said. He asked the Haryana government to bring out a white paper on its dealings with the company. He cited court records and other documents to back his allegations.
Days after he exposed the alleged link between Vadra and DLF, Kejriwal, who distributed documentary evidence to the media, accused the Haryana government of giving out land at cheap rates to DLF.
“Panchayat land has been handed over to DLF, HUDA land has been handed over to DLF, FAR (floor area ratio) has been increased for DLF, land use rules have been changed for DLF,” he alleged.
To back his claims, Kejriwal got several farmers from Haryana villages to the press conference, who alleged that the government had usurped land from them through fraudulent means.
Kejriwal said even the Punjab and Haryana high court has pointed out the “malafide nexus” between the Haryana government and DLF. Aformer income tax officer, Kejriwal hit out at Finance Minister P Chidambaram for speaking in defence of Vadra.
“All the evidence we have provided today makes it a fit case for an I-T raid. But it’s unfortunate that the country’s finance minister speaks in favour of the Vadras,” he said.
Kejriwal alleged that the Haryana government on March 9, 2007 allowed DLF to build an SEZ on 30 acres in Gurgaon that was meant for a hospital. “People whose land was acquired went to court and it cancelled the SEZ. The high court verdict clearly states that power of acquisition has been used for colourable purpose,” Kejriwal said.
He accused the Haryana government of manipulating the bidding process, and said that 350 acres of land worth Rs 17,000 crores was given to DLF. “The Haryana Government wanted to give 30 acres of land meant for hospital to DLF. Vadra has a 50 per cent stakes in DLF’s SEZ company.
The RTI-activist turned politician said that farmers were paid Rs 20 lakh per acre – and DLF got it for Rs 5 crore. “Robert Vadra bought 25,000 shares – and sold them back to DLF in one year. In this year, we need to see what benefits DLF got,” Kejriwal said.
Noted lawyer and India Against Corruption (IAC) member Shanti Bhushan added that the “murky business dealings” between DLF and Vadra were very much covered by the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Cong rubbishes Kejriwal's claims
Kejriwal also wanted to know why Congress leaders and government ministers were defending Vadra. The Congress, however, rubbished Kejriwal’s fresh charges. Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi described Kejriwal’s press conference as a “publicity stunt”.
He also questioned the veracity and authenticity of the documents that Kejriwal possesses. “There is nothing new in what Kejriwal has said. He is doing it for cheap publicity,” Alvi said.
Kejriwal is a congress agent : BJP
Upset with Arvind Kejriwal allegation that the BJP had done little to check the “wrongdoings” of the Sheila Dikshit government in Delhi, BJP general secretary Vijay Goel said that Kejriwal is a Congress agent. “BJP has always opposed the hike in power bills. We have held demonstrations in all parts of Delhi.
Who is Kejriwal to ask us what we have done in the last three years? He has entered the protests just three days ago and restored two power connections. He thinks he is leading the movement but we know he is a Congress agent,” Goel said.