SC issues notice to Rajasthan CM Raje, her son in Dholpur land deal

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The Supreme Court on November 2 issued a notice to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her son Dushyant Singh in connection with the selling of government land to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for widening a national highway in 2010.

 The top court was hearing a plea seeking registration of FIR against them for allegedly getting compensation of Rs 1.97 crore by selling government land near Dholpur Palace to NHAI.

An SC bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi sought a response from Rajasthan CM and her son.

As per the petition filed, Raje was not a public servant at the time of the alleged commission of the offense in 2010 and she was the leader of Opposition in the Rajasthan legislative assembly.

The petition alleged that CM and her son illegally claimed ownership of a 567 square -metre of land near Dholpur Palace and sold it to NHAI for Rs 1.97 crore and had caused the loss to the state exchequer.

In August, the Delhi High Court had dismissed a plea seeking an FIR and a CBI probe against Raje and her son.

However, a Rajasthan based lawyer Srijana Shrestha filed an appeal in the top court challenging the Delhi HC order which had dismissed the petition.