Justice (retd) S N Dhingra, head of a Commission probing land deals of some companies including that of Robert Vadra, today rejected allegations that the Haryana government had extended benefits to him through a Trust, which he insisted did not belong to him.
He said the allegations made against the Justice Gopal Singh Public Charitable Trust in Gurgaon are about a request being made for constructing roads in five villages as the Trust intended to start a Skill Centre for village women and a training centre for youth of the area.
"I do not consider seeking construction of roads for the villages, or working for the education of underprivileged children amounts to accepting a bribe," he told PTI.
"The Trust doesn't have the patronage of any govt for the last 43 years," Dhingra claimed.
He was responding to allegations made by Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala that the retired Delhi High Court judge had "sought favours from government of Haryana pertaining to Justice Gopal Singh Public Charitable Trust in Gurgaon, making him incompetent and unsuitable to deliver any verdict or report in the matter."
Dhingra added, "I or any of the Trust's trustees do not hold any land in any of the villages where construction of road was requested. Neither the Trust pays any of us, any renumeration to do charity work."
Insisting that "I do not own the Trust", Dhingra said, "I am merely someone who works to make it more effective for helping the underprivileged."
He said he had been writing to the authorities "for the cause of the people of my country even as a High Court judge. I had made complaints in respect of the illegal cutting of trees of the areas wherever I lived."
The one-man Commission, headed by Dhingra, was set up on May 14, 2015 to probe into grant of land licences to some companies including that of Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in Gurgaon during the Congress rule in Haryana.