Panel probing Haryana land deals unconstitutional: INLD leader

New Delhi : The commission probing the land deals in Haryana, including those allegedly involving Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, is “unconstitutional” as the assembly’s approval was not obtained, a state opposition leader said on Wednesday.

“The Justice Dhingra Commission formed by the Haryana government is unconstitutional as it was ordered by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar through a gazette notification without consent from either the cabinet or the assembly,” Indian National Lok Dal leader Dushyant Chautala told the media here.

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“For setting up any inquiry commission, a formal resolution needs to be either passed by both houses of Parliament or the assembly and only then a gazette notification is published,” the opposition leader said.

“How can the state government make such a big mistake? The Chief Minister must answer,” he said.

Chautala also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party government of the state of not being serious in probing the shady land deals inked during the previous Congress rule in Haryana.

He said former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was called by the commission twice, but till date he has not appeared since “he knows the commission has no constitutional sanction”.

The Justice S.N. Dhingra (retd) Commission of Inquiry was set up in 2015 after the BJP came to power to probe the grant of commercial licences to hundreds of private companies, which included Skylight Hospitality owned by Vadra and DLF,” Chautala said.

The INLD leader also accused the ruling BJP and opposition Congress of being hand in glove in the northern state.

“It is evident from the way votes of 12 Congress MLAs were declared invalid in the Rajya Sabha biennial polls,” Chautala added.