BJP practicing vendetta politics of worst form: Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad on alleged leak of Dhingra Committee Report

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New Delhi, April 29: Launching a scathing attack on the National Democratic Alliance government led by Bharatiya Janta Party over the leakage of Dhingra Commission report, senior congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday said that the Congress party did not indulge in politics of vendetta despite information on funders of the Bharatiya Janta Party.

Azad was referring to the leaked report of Dhingra Commission which was set up to probe the irregularities in granting the land licenses to a firm owned by Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Reacting to the findings of the report, Priyanka Gandhi, in a statement, said that her finances had nothing to do with her husband and his company Skylight hospitality. The statement mentioned about Priyanka Gandhi having bought five acres of agricultural land in village Amipur in Faridabad district for Rs 15 lakh on April 28, 2006, six years prior to the purported land deal involving Skylight Hospitality. The Commission had submitted its 182-page report to Khattar on August 31, 2016.

Azad added that the congress had the details of BJP leaders and their kids but the party never harassed them. Alleging harassment, Azad told the media persons that Congress never raided the offices of businessmen who were supporting BJP.

Why was Dhingra Commission formed?

  • Dhingra Commission was set up by the Bharatiya Janta Party government after coming in power in Haryana to investigate the irregularities in granting of land licences to Robert Vadra’s firm Skylight Hospitality by then Haryana government headed by former chief minister Bhoopendra Singh Hooda. The commission was headed by former High Court judge S N Dhingra.
  • The setting up of the commission irked former chief minister Bhoopendra Singh Hooda who approached the court alleging political vendetta by Bharatiya Janta Party government. The court directed the Haryana government headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar not to make the report public.
  • Haryana government submitted the commission’s inquiry report to the apex court in a sealed cover following a direction to this effect.
  • The apex court had asked to furnish the report while adjudicating a batch of appeals relating to the acquisition of land and its allocation to various private parties for residential and commercial establishments.

(With inputs from PTI)