Congress on Monday launched yet another attack against the Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje and Lalit Modi for ‘illegally occupying’ Dholpur Palace.
Jairam Ramesh told reporters that the revenue department’s documents obtained from the period between 1952 and 2010 showed that the palace was government’s property. He claimed that Lalit Modi’s company Niyant Heritage with the help of Raje had turned this palace into a luxury hotel through an investment of Rs 100 crore. Ramesh said that the state government has had no role in it.
The period when this investment took place was when the state was being ruled by the Congress party though.
Ramesh further added that Raje’s estranged husband, Hemant Singh, had admitted before a court that the palace was the property of the Rajasthan government.
Only few days ago, Ramesh had also claimed that Raje, in her election affidavit for 2013 assembly polls, had admitted she owned shares in Lalit Modi’s Niyant Heritage Hotels Private Ltd along with her son Dushyant and daughter-in-law, Niharika.
He said, “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.”
With this revelation, the trouble for Raje is likely to further grow even though her party has constantly backing her amidst mounting allegations of corruption and impropriety against her family members.