Less than a week after the Rajasthan government recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into controversial land deals allegedly executed by a company owned by Robert Vadra, the agency registered 18 cases of fraudulent and fictitious claims against entities that included a company linked to the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and brother-in-law of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
It should be noted that the Rajasthan government had registered 18 cases, of which four related to Robert Vadra’s company.
CBI said it had registered the cases “on the request of Rajasthan government”. The charges include cheating and forgery.
The agency also said it had taken over the investigation of 16 FIR’s registered on August 26, 2014, and two on September 5, 2014, in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
These relate to alleged fraudulent claims/allotments in lieu of land acquired for Mahajan Field Firing Range, Bikaner, used for the Indian Army Camp.
The Rajasthan government, after finding several irregularities in the land deals, had canceled mutations (transfer of land) of nearly 375 hectares in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
It was found that land allotments had been made in the name of fictitious individuals.
In its complaint, the tehsildar of Kolyat had alleged that government land in 34 villages of Bikaner district that were meant to be used for expanding the Army’s firing range, was grabbed by the land mafia.
This land grab, in a complainant, said, took place through forged and fabricated documents in collusion with certain government officials.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is also probing a case of money laundering arising out of the case, which pertains to the acquisition of around 1,400 acres sold to seven companies between 2009 and 2011.
One of these was SkyLight Hospitality, a firm linked to Robert Vadra.
Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria had alleged that a company related to Vadra was involved in the purchase of 275 bighas of land in 2010 and that it sold some portions of it to another party in 2012.
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