The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) questioned former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday in connection with an alleged land deal scam in Haryana’s Manesar area.
Hooda was questioned at the Chandigarh office of the agency, where he arrived at noon.
The former chief minister was quizzed earlier this month too by CBI officials in a case of alleged irregularities in allotment of industrial plots in Panchkula.
Monday’s questioning was related to a September 2015 case in which it was alleged that private builders, in conspiracy with unknown public servants of the Haryana government, purchased around 400 acres of land from farmers and land owners of villages Manesar, Naurangpur and Gurgaon at throwaway prices.
The CBI has alleged that the land was purchased from the farmers between August 27, 2004, and August 24, 2007, by threatening them that the state government would soon acquire it.
“It is alleged that in this process, initially, the Haryana government issued a notification under the Land Acquisition Act for acquisition of land measuring about 912 acres to set up an industrial model township at villages in Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula in Gurgaon. After that, all the land was allegedly grabbed from land owners by private builders under the threat of acquisition at meagre rates,” the agency officials said.
A loss of ₹1,500 crore was caused to the land owners of the villages, the agency said.