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Crucial HUDA land file missing, says CBI

nation Updated: May 24, 2016 08:44 IST

NEW DELHI: The CBI has recovered cash worth around Rs 1 crore during searches conducted on the premises of four beneficiaries of allegedly fraudulent allotment of 14 industrial plots in Haryana’s Panchkula.

The allotments were made allegedly during the stint of former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as HUDA chairman in 2012 according to CBI’s first information report (FIR) registered last week.

The agency’s FIR said a key file -- on appraisal or evaluation of applicants for the allotments -- was missing from the HUDA office. The CBI on Saturday said it took over the state police probe into alleged irregularities related to the allotment of 14 plots.

The cash was recovered during searches on the premises of HUDA officials and 13 beneficiaries on Saturday.

“Cash worth Rs 85 lakh was recovered from two of the beneficiaries in Panchkula, Rs 6.25 lakh from another beneficiary in the same city and Rs 8 lakh from a beneficiary’s house in Chandigarh,” said a CBI source.

The agency also seized “incriminating allotmentrelated documents including allotment letters, possession letters, among others,” said the source.

It is in the process of assessing the quantum of loss caused to the exchequer by the allotments. NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) cannot act as a “super investigator” and not share records with the court, the Delhi high court on Monday observed while hearing pleas filed by Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh and others in con-

The FIR referred to Hooda indirectly, by naming the post he held as the HUDA chairman, not by his name. It named three other former HUDA senior officials. nection with a money laundering case.

“If you do not want to share anything with the court then there is something amiss. You cannot act as if you are a super investigator. I will satisfy my conscious to the hilt...,” Justice Manmohan said after which ED said it would place the records before the court.

The FIR also mentions the “13 beneficiaries”that were alle gedly favoured in the allotment. The CBI alleged that HUDA had violated key rules while allotting the land.