Chandigarh: The Haryana government has issued a notice to Skylight Hospitalities, owned by Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra. The notice seeks details of a Gurgaon land deal by the company with realty major DLF Ltd.

“We have issued a show cause notice to Skylight Hospitalities, Gurgaon and sought details of transaction (with DLF)," Haryana excise and taxation officer (Gurgaon) Partap Singh said on Tuesday over the telephone. He said the company has been asked to reply to the notice within 26 October.

“The record made available by the department of town and country planning shows that the company was granted license in 2008 to develop commercial project in Gurgaon. Further information gathered shows that this license was sold by the company to DLF for around 58 crore," the notice said. “It has been brought to the notice of this authority that aside from selling land, the company has sold a license for huge consideration to the above buyer," it added.

The notice also specified that licences which are sold for money, come under the definition of “goods" according to the Haryana Value Added Tax Act (HVAT) 2003, and thus, the proceeds of the sale is liable for taxation under the HVAT.

The Haryana excise and taxation department has directed the Vadra owned company to furnish information regarding the total value of the land, total value of the license sold to DLF and any other transaction which may be exigible to VAT. Notably IAS officer Ashok Khemka had cancelled the 3.53 acres land mutation, which Vadra had sold to DLF for 58 crore in October 2012. PTI

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