Chandigarh, Nov 15 (IECurrentAffairs) Haryana Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya on Thursday gave sanction to prosecution of senior Congress leader and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) case.
The state vigilance bureau had registered a case against Hooda in May 2016 for cheating and corruption in allotment of land to the AJL in Panchkula, near here, by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
As chief minister, Hooda was also HUDA chairman at the time of allotment of the plot to the AJL,the promoters of The National Herald newspaper.
HUDA officials and office-bearers of AJL were also charged with illegal re-allotment of the plot in 2005.
In a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Singh Chautala had demanded registration of a criminal case against Mr Hooda and the trustees and directors of the AJL in the case.
The 3360 square-metre plot number C-17 at Sector 6 in Panchkula was allotted to the AJL in 1982 but the company failed to construct a building on it and it was taken back in 1996. However, after the formation of the Congress government in the state in 2005, the plot was re-allotted to AJL on June 29, 2005, the INLD leader said.
Meanwhile, Hooda described the Governor’s approval as politically motivated. He said the decision to allot the plot to the AJL was taken by the entire Haryana Urban Development Authority and not a single individual.
(Source UNI India)