Says Rahul had purchased land in Palwal
Jalandhar, October 17, 2012: Making a startling exposure, former Haryana chief minister and president of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Om Prakash Chautala has accused that the AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, MP, had evaded stamp duty at the time of buying a piece of land in Palwal.
Addressing a press conference at Circuit House here, he told that Rahul had purchased over 6 acres of land in Palwal by allegedly undervaluing the properly at much lesser rates than the collector’s rates. As a result, Rahul rendered loss of revenue to the Haryana state government by allegedly evading stamp duty.
Chautala also showed a copy of the sale deed that carried a photograph of Rahul Gandhi. He further told that Rahul had purchased 6 acre 3 kanal and 13 marla agricultural land at Hassanpur village in Hodal sub-division of Palwan district in Haryana falling under NCR at Rs. 26.47 lakh on March 3, 2008.
Further, he alleged that the market value of the land concerned was much higher than (in crores) the price mentioned in the sale deed.
He revealed that Rahul had purchased the piece of land at the rate of Rs. 4.1 lakh per acre whereas the collector’s rate at that time was fixed at Rs 6 lakh per acre.
He also revealed that Rahul had purchased the land from one H. L. Pahwa son of Sher Singh and Mahesh Kumar Nagar, a Youth Congress leader, was present in the Tehsil premises during registration of the sale deed on behalf of the buyer Rahul Gandhi.
Chautala who was accompanied by his Media Advisor Ram Singh Brar, also circulated a list of new 8 properties measuring several hundreds of acres of land bought by Vadra in different parts of Haryana at much lesser price than the collector’s rates at that time.
Further alleging, he said the stamp duty was evaded in connivance of the Congress-led government headed by Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Haryana to extend benefit to Rahul Gandhi and Vadra.
He strongly demanded that a Supreme Court Judge be appointed to hold free and fair inquiry into all these land deals taken place in various parts of Haryana.
He also alleged that change of land use (CLU) was issued in the land measuring about 21,000 acres during regime of the Hooda government.
Replying to a question, he emphatically told that if the INLD come to power in the next assembly elections, he would surely get all these controversial land deals inquired by a sitting SC Judge and would cancel all these deals after getting a thorough inquiry done to this effect.
Condemning the Haryana chief minister for transferring senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka from the post of director general of land consolidation and land records- cum- inspector general of registration, Chautala said there was no direction from the Court to shift him as the chief minister had claimed.
The today’s allegations by Hooda are likely to further heat up the over-all political scenario in Haryana as land deals controversies are already blowing up in different parts of Haryana, which allegedly involve the Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.