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CBI raids residences of former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda in alleged land scam in Gurugram

Bhupinder Singh Hooda said no documents related to him were seized. Besides Hooda, the agency has named the state’s Additional Chief Secretary Trilok Chand Gupta, who was then chief administrator, HUDA and unknown private persons and public servants as accused.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2019 22:43 IST
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The raids are part of CBI investigations into alleged release of 1,300 acres in Gurugram to real estate developers
The raids are part of CBI investigations into alleged release of 1,300 acres in Gurugram to real estate developers(HT Photo)
         

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday said it has registered a fresh corruption case against former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on the charges of helping at least 15 private colonisers to grab hundreds of acres of land in Gurgaon at cheap prices under a conspiracy, prompting the opposition Congress party, to which Hooda belongs, issue a veiled warning to the agency asking it not to “take any action outside the ambit of the law of the land to carry forward the government’s sinister agenda”.

An agency spokesman said following the registration of FIR, searches were conducted at more than 20 places in Chandigarh, Rohtak, Delhi, Gurgaon and Mohali.

He added that the investigation has been taken up following a November 2017 directive from the Supreme Court in this regard. Hooda said the raids were part of “political vendetta”.

“The government thinks it can suppress my voice through such raids, but that will never happen. I belong to a family of freedom fighters. I will fight them in court. I have full trust in this country’s judiciary and it will call out the CBI for this,” he said outside his home in Rohtak, which was raided for the second time in 26 months.

The former CM said no documents related to him were seized. Besides Hooda, the agency has named the state’s Additional Chief Secretary Trilok Chand Gupta, who was then chief administrator, HUDA and unknown private persons and public servants as accused.

The 15 private colonisers named in the FIR are DLF New Gurgaon Home Developers Private Limited, Emaar MGF Land Ltd, Buzz Hotels, Ansal Properties and Infrastructure, RS Infrastructure, Martial Builcon, Marconi Infratech, Commander Realtors, SU Estates Pvt Ltd, Krrish Buildtech, JMD Ltd, Gupta Promoters, HS Realty, DSS Infrastructure and Sana Realtors.

Before registering the FIR, the CBI had conducted a preliminary enquiry into the matter.

The CBI in its FIR, seen by HT, said the Hooda-led Congress government in June 2009 had issued a notification under Section 4 of Land Acquisition Act to acquire 1,407 acres for developing residential sector 58-63 and commercial sector 65-67 in Gurgaon by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). The land sought to be acquired covered eight villages—Badshapur, Behrampur, Nangli Umarpura, Tigra, Ullahwas, Kadarpur, Ghatta and Medawas of Gurgaon. However, while issuing the declaration under Section 6 of the same act on June 2, 2010, the total area was reduced to about 800 acres. Finally, the award dated May 29, 2012 was passed for 87 acres only.

The purpose of acquisition for ensuring availability of developed land at affordable prices to the public at large but, the agency said, between 2007 and 2012, 15 real estate developers dishonestly and fraudulently entered into a criminal conspiracy with the former chief minister, the then Chief Administrator, HUDA and unknown public servants and private individuals with intent to cheat land owners and public at large.

The notifications for acquisition of land triggered panic sale by landowners to private developers at much cheaper rates than the prevalent market prices but ultimately the HUDA decided not acquire majority of land pockets at all.

First Published: Jan 25, 2019 10:04 IST

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