HC dismisses plea for CBI probe of Robert Vadra's land deals

The Delhi High Court today dismissed a petition seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the land deals of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice RS Endlaw dismissed the plea on the grounds that it had been dismissed by the Supreme Court earlier and that it was based only on media reports.

The public interest litigation seeking the probe into the sale of agricultural land to Vadra-controlled companies was filed by by advocate M L Sharma in his personal capacity.

The plea had also sought a probe into grant of licences to change the land use of agricultural plots purchased by Vadra's companies in Haryana.

The petitioner was seeking a probe by the CBI under charges of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and Prevention of Corruption Act. He claimed that this is a scam worth Rs20,000 crore.

The PIL also cited media reports to claim that the current Comptroller & Auditor General of India, Shashi Kant Sharma, issued a letter to stop a CAG audit/enquiry into Vadra firm Skylight Pvt Ltd within a fortnight of succeeding Vinod Rai as the chief auditor of the country.

Skylight is a company based out of Sukhdev Vihar. It is allegedly owned by Robert Vadra and his mother Maureen Vadra.

The petitioner had also filled a PIL seeking the cancellation of Sharma's appointment as the CAG.