The CBI filed a charge sheet against former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Congress leader Motilal Vora Saturday in connection with the alleged irregularities in the re-allotment of an institutional plot in Panchkula, Haryana to the Associated Journals Limited or AJL.
The central agency, which filed the chargesheet in a special court, has alleged that the reallotment of the plot, C-17, has caused a loss of Rs 67 lakh to the exchequer.
The agency has charged the then Haryana chief minister Hooda, who was also the chairman of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), the then chairman of the AJL, Vora, and the company under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections related to criminal conspiracy and the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
In the charge sheet, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has alleged that the AJL was allotted a plot of land in Panchkula in 1982, on which no construction took place till 1992.
The HUDA had subsequently taken back the possession of the plot.
The charge sheet alleged that the same plot was re-allotted to the AJL at its original rates in 2005 by allegedly violating the laid down norms by the then HUDA chairman, Hooda…
The case was registered after the Haryana government handed over the case to CBI for investigation. Earlier, the state vigilance department in the Manohar Lal Khattar government had registered a case against Hooda.
The CBI filed the charge sheet in a special court in Panchkula under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi claimed the charge sheet had been filed because the Narendra Modi-led government had an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “As polls approach, government indulges in such acts,” he said, according to ANI. “Five years are about to get over. They have all powers but do they have any evidence? Their only aim is to use such tools as per convenience during polls.”
Communist Party of India (Marxist) Sitaram Yechury accused the Centre of using independent agencies against Opposition leaders. “We’ve been seeing the way these cases are going against Opposition leaders, happening in Andhra Pradesh and everywhere else now,” he said. “All these institutions which require to be independent are being utilised in this way.”