HC summons record on constitution of Dhingra panel

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday summoned record pertaining to Haryana government ordering commission of inquiry to probe allegations that laws were flouted in granting land licences to some companies, including one owned by Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

During the hearing, the Haryana government has assured the court that it will not make the report public till December 8.

In the petition, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has challenged validity of the constitution of Dhingra panel claiming that the decision to order probe was of chief minister and not of state cabinet. It was argued that petition was result of “political vendetta” and panel was constituted in a hush-hush manner, a day after chief minister’s order panel was notified.

He further argued that report should not be made public as it may damage reputation of various leaders including him and further in view of forth coming assembly elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

Following this HC summoned the record on constitution of Dhingra panel and took an undertaking from Haryana advocate general to not to make the report public.

The petition was listed before the high court bench of justices AK Mittal and Ramendra Jain for hearing on Wednesday.

The one-man commission of inquiry was set up by the BJP government in May 2015. The panel was asked to probe licences given by the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government for the development of colonies, housing societies and commercial complexes in four Guragon villages of Sihi, Shikohpur, Kherki Daula and Sikanderpur Bada. The inquiry panel, which was given three extensions, examined 250 files pertaining to over 100 licences, CLU (change of land use) and layout plans and examined 30 witnesses, including several bureaucrats.

Source: Hindustan Times

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