Dholpur Palace illegally occupied by Vasundhara Raje Says Jairam Ramesh

Published on:30 Jun, 2015


Dholpur Palace illegally occupied by Vasundhara Raje Says Jairam Ramesh

Senior party leader Jairam Ramesh claimed that Hemant Singh, the estranged husband of Ms. Raje, had admitted before a court that the palace was the property of the Rajasthan government.

He told reporters that several revenue department documents between 1954 and 2010 showed that the palace was a government property but Ms. Raje and Lalit Modi’s company Niyant Heritage Hotels has turned it into a high end luxury hotel and invested Rs. 100 crore with no role of the state government.

Mr. Ramesh said that Ms. Raje in her 2013 assembly poll affidavit had admitted having shares of the Niyant Heritage Hotels Pvt Ltd along with her MP son Dushyant Singh and daughter-in-law Niharika, and Lalit Modi.

“The election affidavit reflects that she own 3280 shares, her son and daughter-in-law about 3225 shares each and Lalit Modi’s company Ananda Heritage Hotels Pvt Ltd 815 shares, establishing the financial relationship, partnership and investment of overseas money from a tax haven, he said.

He said it proved her business partnership with the former IPL chief, who is now a fugitive.

He also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, describing him as “Swami Maunendra Baba” for his continued silence over the Lalit Gate issue. Congress has been demanding resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Ms. Raje over Lalit Gate, of HRD Minister Smriti Irani over misrepresenting facts about her educational qualification in separate election affidavits and of Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde for her alleged involvement in a “scam” by clearing purchases worth Rs. 206 crore on a single day instead of inviting tenders in violation of the norms.

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