The Hindu – Dhingra report leak an act of vendetta: Congress

Party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi cites two Punjab and Haryana High Court injunctions against publication

Special Correspondent

New Delhi, 28 April 2017. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Friday accused the central government of leaking the Dhingra Commission report, saying it was “blinded by power and steeped in vendetta.”

News reports based on the Justice S N. Dhingra report accuse former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra of wrongdoing in land deals in Haryana.

Mr Singhvi pointed out that as Mr Vadra had not received any summons from the Dhingra Commission to depose before it, he could not be accused of anything till his personal testimony had been taken.

In the case of Mr Hooda, he said, that though the latter had received letters from the Commission, none of them was an 8(b) notice, as is legally mandated. In fact, when Mr Hooda pointed out all this to the Commission, it had responded by saying it would not be sending an 8(b) notice.

He said there were two court injunctions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, dated November 23, 2016 and April 26, 2017, blocking publication of the contents of the Dhingra report. “These are selective opportunistic leaks,” he stressed.

According to a news report published in The Economics Times, the Dhingra Commission is said to have concluded that Mr Vadra had made unlawful profits of Rs 50.5 crore from a land deal in Haryana in 2008.

The Commission was set up by the Khattar government in May 2015 to look into the grant of licences for change in land use in four villages of Gurgaon, including the licence granted to the Vadra-owned Skylight Hospitality.

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