1. Justice Dhingra panel report: Ex-Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda denies wrongdoing, accuses govt of ‘witch-hunt’

Justice Dhingra panel report: Ex-Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda denies wrongdoing, accuses govt of ‘witch-hunt’

Amidst reports that Justice Dhingra Commission may have recommended action against him in land deal cases, ex-Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today denied any wrongdoing by him or his government.

By: | Updated: August 31, 2016 5:55 PM
Hooda-PTI-L Justice Dhingra panel report: Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the probe into land deals by the Commission was merely a part of the “witch-hunt” of the present BJP government in the state. (PTI)

Amidst reports that Justice Dhingra Commission may have recommended action against him in land deal cases, ex-Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today denied any wrongdoing by him or his government. “No undue favours were given to anyone. We followed proper policies,” ANI reported him as saying. Hooda further said that the probe into land deals by the Commission was merely a part of the “witch-hunt” of the present BJP government in the state.

The Congress party also alleged that the BJP governments in the Centre and the state are running a political agenda of “vendetta and revenge for years together to slander and vilify the Congress. The party’s spokesperson said that the report of the Commission was leaked to the media even before it was submitted to the Haryana CM. “This proves that the sole intent is to defame, conspire and malign rather than examine the facts fairly.”

The Justice S N Dhingra commission has found irregularities in the granting of licences for land to private firms by the then Haryana government led by Congress’ Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Addressing a press conference today, Justice Dhingra said that he has submitted a three-part 182-page report of his probe into the land deals under the previous regime to present state Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Refusing to divulge more details of the report, Justice Dhingra, however, conceded that he has named all accused in his report and the state government may take further action accordingly.

Dhingra said that he has brought to light the manner in which irregularities were committed and who were the people behind them. “If there was no irregularity, then I wouldn’t have submitted an 182-page report,” he said.

Earlier, TV reports quoting sources had said that the panel has recommended action against Hooda, state administrative officials and companies of Robert Vadra for irregularities in land deals, causing a huge loss of revenue to the Haryana government. The reports said that the Commission found that then state CM Hooda did not follow the law and assigned land to firms in an “ad hoc manner”.

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