The Haryana government has ordered that a criminal case be registered against former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, ex-IAS officer DPS Nagal and two Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) officials over alleged irregularities in the allotment of HUDA industrial plots at Panchkula.
CM Manohar Lal Khattar ordered that an FIR be registered by the Vigilance Bureau (VB) and the matter then be referred to the CBI for an independent probe.
Hooda was the chairman of HUDA. The transfer of the probe to the CBI after the registration of an FIR means there would be no preliminary inquiry into the matter by CBI, top officials said. Instead, the VB’s FIR would be replicated by CBI to initiate the probe.
The VB and Haryana advocate general BR Mahajan had maintained the allotments made were “illegal” and candidates were “favoured out of the way”. Khattar reportedly said on December 15 that it was imperative to register an FIR against the accused.
Besides Hooda and Nagal, the FIR would be filed against HUDA chief finance officer SC Kansal and official BB Taneja.
Fourteen applications of the 582 received for industrial plots in Panchkula, located barely a few km from Chandigarh, were picked up in 2012-13.
Among the beneficiaries were Renu Hooda, wife of the former chief minister’s nephew Rajinder Hooda; Manjot Kaur, daughter-in-law of then Punjab and Haryana high court judge justice (retd) MS Sullar; Nandita Hooda, wife of former senior additional advocate general Narender Hooda; Mona Beri, daughter-in-law of BR Beri, former officer on special duty to Hooda and Pardeep Kumar, son of Hooda’s former secretary Singh Ram.