Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court on Thursday granted bail to Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Senior Congress leader Motilal Vora in connection with a case of re-allotment of Land to Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) in Panchkula in 2005. AJL is a company that runs National Herald newspaper. in Panchkula in 2005.
The Next date of hearing in the plot allotment case will be on Feb 6
CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh granted bail to both on furnishing a bail bond or 5 lakh each, said the counsel Abhishek Rana who appeared for both.
It is alleged that Hooda, the then CM-cum-chairman of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) re-allotted the plot to AJL in 2005 at original rates plus interest, by abusing his position and against the legal opinion of authorities and advice of Legal Remembrancer for re-advertising the said plot.
A case of cheating, corruption and criminal conspiracy, was registered by the Haryana Vigilance Bureau against Hooda and AJL for alleged irregularities in allotment of the plot to the firm. The case was later taken over by the CBI last year.
Earlier, The charge sheet filed by CBI in a Panchkula court on December 1, named Congress leader Motilal Vora besides Former Cm Hooda in connection with the alleged irregularities in the re-allotment of the plot.
CBI in its chargesheet has alleged that the re-allotment of land had caused a loss of Rs 67 lakh to the exchequer.
The Haryana government’s complaint, on the basis of which the case was registered, had alleged that AJL was allotted a plot in Panchkula in 1982 on which no construction took place till 1992. It prompted Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to cancel the allotment of the plot and resume it.
The CBI FIR, quoting the Haryana government’s complaint, said the AJL filed an appeal against the HUDA’s decision before HUDA administrator, who dismissed the appeal on July 26, 1995.
CBI FIR further said that AJL also moved to Haryana’s Town and Country Planning Commissioner challenging the HUDA Administrator’s Verdict but the Commissioner too set aside the Complaint.
The FIR further alleged that abusing his official position as HUDA chairman, the then CM Hooda went against the official advice and ordered re-allotment of the plot to AJL at original rates plus interest on August 28, 2005.
The investigation carried out by the Haryana Police after the BJP government came to power concluded that allotment was made in an “arbitrary manner” and in complete violation of the HUDA Act and against the advise of the officials due to which a wrongful loss was caused to the exchequer.
The state government had referred the matter to the CBI because of the alleged involvement of persons in “high places” and the company having offices in number of states which would be beyond the working of the State Vigilance Bureau.
(With Inputs from ANI)