Justice Dhingra panel gets six-month extension

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Old 08-Dec-2015
Post Justice Dhingra panel gets six-month extension

The Khattar Government has extended by six months the term of Justice SN Dhingra Commission of Inquiry formed to investigate various land deals, including those of Congress president Sonia gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, during the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda regime.
Official sources said the term of the commission had been extended from December 8, 2015, to June 7, 2016.
Justifying the extension, the sources said the probe, which began from one sector was later expanded to 15 sectors in Gurgaon necessitating more time to give time to all stakeholders. Though the commission was constituted on May 14 last year, it was supposed to submit its report within six months from its first meeting ( by December 7).
The commission was initially mandated to probe the transfer or disposal of licences, allegations of private enrichment, “ineligibility” of beneficiaries and other related matters concerning Vadra’s firm M/s Sky Light Hospitality in Sector 83, Gurgaon. The scope of the panel’s probe was expanded on August 15 to four villages of Gurgaon—Sihi, Shikohpur, Sikanderpur and Kherki Daula—where residential Sectors 36-A, 75, 75-A, 76, 77, 78, 79, 79-A, 79-B, 81, 81-A, 82, 83, 84 and 85 have come up. Over 200 colony licences were reportedly granted by the Congress regime in these sectors.
The issue had surfaced after IAS officer Ashok Khemka, then posted as Haryana Director General, Consolidation of Holdings, had cancelled the mutation of 3.5 acres of land owned by Vadra’s company in Sector 83, of which 2.7 acres was later sold to realty giant DLF.
The commission so far is learnt to have recorded the evidence of only a few of the 100 witnesses identified by the commission, who include Revenue and Town and Country Planning Department officials. Senior officials of various departments were yet to be summoned, said the sources.
The sources said the commission had at its disposal a very less staff: four employees (clerk, stenographer/typist, law researcher and office assistant) at Haryana Bhawan in Delhi and two employees in Gurgaon.

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