In an expeditious action, the Central Bureau of Investigation conducted searches at the residence and properties of former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday morning.
CBI officials said that searches have been carried out in 20 places Rohtak, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Delhi, which includes the premises of Hooda, his former principal secretary M L Tayal and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) member Chattar Singh in connection with the alleged malversations in the acquisition of land in Gurgaon district.
During the tenure of the previous congress government in Haryana, some private companies had allegedly purchased more than 400 acres of land from the farmers and landowners of village Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula, District Gurgaon at throw away prices. The landowners were compelled to sell their lands under threat of government acquisition, as the Haryana government had issued a notification of Land Acquisition Act for the acquisition of land measuring about 912 acres for setting up of an Industrial Model Township in those villages. When the private builders managed to purchase the properties at an expendable price, the Director of Industries passed an order on 24th of August 2007 , releasing the said land from acquisition.
These private companies had alleged connection with some unknown government officials including the politicians. They managed to purchase land worth 1600 crores , for just 100 crores from the landowners.
Gurgaon police initially registered a case on this matter, which was transferred to the CBI later. the CBI registered an FIR in September of last year under the Prevention of Corruption Act and other various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
CBI officials reached Hooda’s residence at 5 in the morning and started the raid. CBI sources said that some private companies are also under the scanner.
However, Hooda denied the allegations and condemned the raid saying that it is a political vendetta.