The Haryana Vigilance Bureau has registered an FIR against former Congress chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) land allotment case. The Vigilance Bureau has also registered FIR against employees of the Haryana Urban Devlopment Authority (HUDA) and government officials.
Although, Hooda’s name is not directly mentioned in the FIR, but it mentioned the chairman of the HUDA nad Hooda was the chairman of it.
The FIR also lists HUDA’s then chief administrator and administrator under sections 409, 420 and 120B of the IPC and section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. It also includes the state financial commissioner and office-bearers of AJL, New Delhi.
Hooda said that he is yet to see the FIR and will be able to comment after I studying it.
The FIR is registered on the case of alleged irregularities in the allotment of a 3,360-sq-m plot in Sector 6, Panchkula, to AJL. The plot was allotted to AJL by Hooda-led Congress government six months after it came to power in Haryana in 2005. AJL was then the publisher of The National Herald newspaper.
The FIR states that on 18 August, 2005, the then HUDA chief “misused his post and violated rules” to order the allotment of the plot at the rates prevailing in 1982. The plot was originally allotted to AJL in 1982 but reclaimed in 1996 after the company failed to make use of it.
On 1 September , 2005, the firm sought one year’s time to start construction, which was approved by HUDA officials. The FIR states that the then HUDA chairman, chief administrator and administrator, and the financial commissioner misused their positions to provide undue benefits to AJL causing a loss of Rs 64 lakh to the state exchequer.
On 4 May, Leader of Opposition in the Vidhan Sabha and Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Singh Chautala had written to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar demanding the registration of a criminal case against Hooda on charges of criminal breach of trust embezzlement, forgery, corruption and criminal conspiracy.