27 November, 2020

The High Rise High Roller

DLF is the single player who’s ‘overwhelmed the entire state apparatus in Haryana’

Vivan Mehra
The High Rise High Roller
outlookindia.com
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The jury is still out on whether real estate giant DLF got a quid pro quo from the Haryana government for the unsecured loans given to Robert Vadra. But there is hardly any debate over the special influence DLF and its sister companies command in the state. For examples of the state’s benevolence, consider two cases involving DLF, unravelled under judicial scrutiny in the last couple of years.

Last year, the Punjab and Haryana High Court found that DLF had acquired vast areas of land in Haryana after floating several fictitious companies to circumvent the provisions of the Haryana Ceiling on Land Holdings Act, 1972. (The Act bars a Haryana landowner from possessing more than 7.25 hectares of good arable land or a maximum of 18 hectares of barren land.) This was in pursuance to cases filed by these ‘firms’ to get land released. In June ’11, it directed the government not to grant any licence to DLF and other companies in violation of this law.

The government responded with uncharacteristic alacrity, amending the Act itself through a special...

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