In a sensational story of land grab and corruption, Republic TV has uncovered what appears to be an instance of land grab by Congress president Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law Robert Vadra, from the poorest of poor in Rajasthan.
Plots of land in Bikaner district's Gajner and Kolayat were allegedly snatched from the patriots who had given it to the government to make a military range for the Indian forces. The lands were allegedly grabbed by the corrupt through a careful modus operandi through the use of forged papers and benami transactions through the involvement of local tehsildars.
Two chargesheets by police had been filed in 2017 in Kolayat and 16 FIRS were registered in Gajner. The Enforcement Directorate has begun probing into Vadra in the money laundering case, over which he is to appear before the ED in Jaipur on Tuesday.
The modus operandi in the land deal, which involved local tehsildars and patiwars, was as follows -
Forged papers were used to allot the plot to a non-existent person. The plot was then allotted through power of attorney to others who sold it to the driver of Robert Vadra's aide, Mahesh Naggar. Naggar then sold it to Skylight Hospitality for Rs 30 lakhs.
THE 'LAND LOOT' WEB
NATHARAM (doesn't exist) - LAND ALLOTTED TO HIM
GUGANGAR (part of the land mafia) - GIVEN THE POWER OF ATTORNEY
RAJENDRA SWAMY (brother of the patwaris) - LAND TRANSFERRED TO HIM
ASHOK KUMAR - VADRA AIDE MAHESH NAGAR'S DRIVER, WAS ALLEGEDLY GIVEN POWER OF ATTORNEY
SKYLIGHT HOSPITALITY - PROPERTY SOLD TO VADRA FIRM
Gurmel Singh, SHO of, Gajner spoke about the modus operandi.
"People of 34 villages were moved to an area nearby and were allotted land accordingly. The details (size and value) of the property of every land-owner were drafted. At that time, some fake profiles were created, accordingly allotting them land nearby. Since the profiles weren't real, for example, a namesake Ramlal didn't exist but, he was still allotted a piece of land using fake signatures. Further, the said 'Ramlal' and other fake entities sold the land to Vadra'"
He also spoke about the two chargesheets which were filed in court in March, 2017 - chargesheets 77a and 76a - reflect Vadra's company's name.
Gurmel Singh said, "That was bound to happen since in the end, the land ended up with Vadra. The payment of the deal was meant only for the 'records'. In reality, they weren't paid. This was done simply to convert black money'"
Jagdish Singh Rathore, SHO, Kolayat spoke about the case:
"Robert Vadra has maybe two plots of land in the Uddat village and the rest are in Gajner. We had 2 cases and we shared the same with CBI and ED"