Panchkula plots case: The Central Burea of Investigation (CBI) has questioned former Haryana Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda over alleged irregularities in the allotment of 14 industrial plots in Panchkula, Haryana, according to ANI. Chattar Singh, who was formerly Haryana principal secretary, had been questioned in the case earlier. Hooda is also named as an accused by the Enforcement Directorate in another case of alleged irregularities in land acquisition in Manesar in Haryana’s Gurugram district, according to the Indian Express.
The CBI FIR claims that the industrial plots were allotted to 14 people after allegedly manipulating certain provisions of the allotment process. The FIR also says that the applications were submitted over two weeks after the last day of submission in January 2012. The FIR also states that ineligible beneficiaries were given plots at rates which were much below the prevailing market rate, according to the Indian Express.
ED had filed the criminal complaint against the former Haryana Chief Minister after the CBI filed a FIR in the Manesar land acquisition case. CBI had registered the case after residents of villages around Manesar claimed that private builders in concert with Haryana government officials purchased nearly 400 acres of land in Manesar, Lakhnoula and Naurangpur after threatening them. The villagers claim that they sold their land to the builders at throw away prices, according to the Indian Express.
ED as also named the former Haryana Chief Minister as an accused in a FIR registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in September last, as per an IE report.