Chandigarh, Oct 9: On the defensive after fresh allegations by activist Arvind Kejriwal on the alleged DLF-Robert Vadra-Haryana government nexus in land deals, the state government Tuesday refuted the allegations and said no favours were shown to the realty giant.
Addressing mediapersons, Haryana’s Director General for Town and Country Planning (TCP) T.C. Gupta said “no favour was granted to DLF” by the Haryana government.
“The allegations that officials and the government were tilted in favour of DLF are totally wrong,” Gupta said while listing out various government notifications and policies to substantiate his claim.
He said Kejriwal’s allegation that Haryana government released 350 acres of land meant for a hospital to DLF was untrue.
“One, the land was only 30 acres and not 350 acres. The land was owned by East India Hotels (EIH) who had applied for change of land use in 1984. The land was released (to EIH) in September 1995. The land was transferred by the East India Hotels to DLF in 2005.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed the land sale in February 2011. This was challenged by various parties, including state of Haryana, in the Supreme Court and a stay was granted in June 2011. The matter is presently sub-judice,” Gupta claimed.
On another charge of allowing more density of people in DLF sectors in Gurgaon, Gupta claimed the government had only converted the density calculation from acres to hectares.