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DLF seeks fresh approval from Haryana for land licence still in Robert Vadra firms name

The BJP government in Haryana is now faced with two options: terminate the licence or to renew it in the name of Skylight.

REAL ESTATE developer DLF has applied to the Haryana government for the renewal of a land development licence that a company held by Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, had transferred to it for Rs 58 crore. The two-year licence expired on December 14, 2016. Sources in Haryana’s Town and Country Planning Department told The Indian Express that they were examining the case to see whether the licence could be renewed. Records show that the licence to develop a commercial colony in Shikohpur village of Gurgaon is still in the name of M/s Skylight Hospitality, a company owned by Vadra.REAL ESTATE developer DLF has applied to the Haryana government for the renewal of a land development licence that a company held by Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, had transferred to it for Rs 58 crore. The two-year licence expired on December 14, 2016. Sources in Haryana’s Town and Country Planning Department told The Indian Express that they were examining the case to see whether the licence could be renewed. Records show that the licence to develop a commercial colony in Shikohpur village of Gurgaon is still in the name of M/s Skylight Hospitality, a company owned by Vadra.The BJP government in Haryana is now faced with two options: terminate the licence or to renew it in the name of Skylight. Asked why DLF was making payments on behalf of Skylight, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar told The Indian Express: “Regarding any particular case, I am not aware of the minute details. The department’s officers must be aware of it. There are a few issues that we had handed over for CBI inquiry. There are a few issues that will be inquired into on the basis of the Dhingra Commission report. Soon, there will be an announcement…If we get any particular complaint regarding this particular case, we shall put it through the inquiry process.”The Chief Minister emphasised that in cases where anomalies are detected, licences shall be terminated. “We are not going to focus on any particular case, all cases not eligible as per rules will be terminated,” he said. When contacted, Arun Gupta, director, Town and Country Planning Department, Haryana, declined to comment.According to records, Licence No. 203 of 2008 was first allotted to M/s Skylight Hospitality on December 15, 2008 and was valid up to December 14, 2012. The licencee subsequently applied for renewal for a further period — upto December 14, 2014 — and again upto December 14, 2016.Records show that in the last eight years, DLF paid Rs 12.74 crore to the Town and Country Planning Department towards licence renewal fee and for various other charges, including land conversion, scrutiny, etc. Before coming to power in Haryana in 2014, BJP had released a document on >the Vadra-DLF land deal titled “Damad Shree”, raising questions about the transaction, including the renewal of licence by the then Congress government under Bhupinder Singh Hooda.