The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday quashed an FIR against chief minister Vasundhara Raje and others in connection with the alleged conversion of government land in favour of her son, Dushyant Singh, during her previous term.
The FIR was registered in Ashok Nagar Police station, Jaipur. Justice Nisha Gupta, before whom a plea in this regard came up for hearing, allowed the petition and quashed the FIR and the proceedings arising out of it. The plea was filed by Rajasthan Administrative Services officer (RAS) Rajesh Verma who was then the sub-divisional magistrate-cum-sub-divisional officer of Badi in Dholpur.
According to the FIR, Verma, under the influence of then chief minister, had favoured Dushyant in getting a large chunk of government pasture land converted in his name by way of a judicial order in 2004. It was contended that the land in question was registered as government land by the settlement department and it was only after thorough investigation and collection of evidence by the state, the land was re-registered from ‘siwai chak’ (government land) to ‘shri sarkar’ (his highness of) Dholpur (who was Dushyant Singh at that time). The land was originally registered in the name of Dholpur dynasty.
Ajay Kumar Jain, counsel for the RAS officer, contended that the FIR was politically motivated as it was moved by complainants after a delay of four-and-half years and an attempt to malign the accused. “Taking note of our contentions the court has quashed the FIR and the proceedings drawn out of it,” said Jain.
The case was first registered in the lower court by Sanjana Shereshta and Babulal. The plea was partially accepted following which the matter was taken before the Revenue Appellate Authority (RAA), which in 2006 gave its decision in favour of Dushyant Singh. It was alleged that Raje used her influence so that government do not appeal against the decision of RRA. Later another petition was filed in the High Court, which, gave an order on December 9, 2011 to registered an FIR against the accused.