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HC restrains Haryana from releasing Dhingra Commission report

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

In a relief to former Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the and High Court on Thursday restrained the government from releasing the report of the Justice into the alleged land scam in Gurugram.

A division bench, which saw the sealed copy of the report, said it could not be implemented "as such". The court, however, said the constitution of the commission by the government was not mala fide.

There was a difference of opinion in the order by two judges, Justice and Justice A.S. Grewal, in this matter.

The bench referred it to the of the High Court for further orders.

Though the bench agreed that due process was followed in setting up the commission, they noted that a notice under Section 8-B to and others, which was statutory under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1952, had not been served.

Justice Mittal said a fresh notice could be issued by the Commission to Hooda, but Justice Grewal pointed out that since the commission had ceased to exist, the government can form a fresh commission.

The bench said the could not act on the present report.

The one-man Justice (retired) was set up by the in Haryana led by in May 2015 to probe the controversial grant of licences for prime commercial properties in Gurugram, including those to Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-

The commission had submitted its 182-page report to the on August 31, 2016.

Former Haryana had earlier hit out at the Commission and the state for carrying out a "witch-hunt".

The report has pointed out irregularities in grant of licences and allotment of land to individuals and companies, including Vadra and his companies, in prime areas of Gurgaon city in Haryana, adjoining the national capital during the tenure of the government (2005-2014).

Dhingra is a retired of the Raising serious doubts on the "conduct" and "neutrality" of Justice Dhingra, the had, in 2017, sought complete rejection of the report.

"The report has been used as a for malicious witch hunt by BJP Government," had stated earlier.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 18:24 IST
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