CBI books ex-Haryana CM Hooda in illegal plot allotment case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 22, 2016 01:04 IST
File photo of former Harayana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday said it has registered a case against former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in connection with the alleged fraudulent allotment of 14 industrial plots during his stint as HUDA chairman in 2012.

The first information report (FIR) referred to Hooda indirectly, by naming the post he then held as “chairman, HUDA”, not by his name.

The probe agency’s sleuths also swooped down on the residential premises of HUDA officials and 13 beneficiaries and seized documents related to the plot allotment. The agency registered the case on Monday.

CBI in its FIR alleged that HUDA violated key rules while allotting land in Haryana’s Panchkula district. “Fourteen industrial plots were allotted by making irregular changes in the criteria after the last date of submission of applications had passed. While the last date was January 6, the criterion was subsequently changed and the applications of the beneficiaries were submitted on January 24,” said a senior CBI official.

“The allotments were not done by the duly-constituted committee. The beneficiaries were allotted plots at a price lower than the then market rates,” the official claimed.

The official also added that a key file related to the appraisal of the evaluation done on the applicants was found missing from HUDA office.

Defending himself, Hooda labeled CBI’s probe as an outcome of “personal vendetta” and alleged that the case against him was only a “diversionary tactic” that was being adopted by the BJP-led state government.

CBI in its FIR has also named three other former HUDA senior officials- then chief administrator DPS Nangal, then chief controller, finance SC Kansal and the then deputy superintendent BK Taneja as the accused.

The FIR also mentions the 13 beneficiaries that were allegedly favoured in the allotment. The CBI is now examining if any of the beneficiaries were “linked” to the accused.

Those mentioned in the FIR were charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating, criminal misconduct by a public servant, criminal breach of trust by public servant, destruction of record of evidentiary value, using as genuine forged record, forgery of valuable security and causing disappearance of evidence.

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