New Delhi, Apr 6: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered an FIR against former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the case of re-allotment of a plot to Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) on Thursday. AJL is the company that owned the Congress-controlled National Herald newspaper, in Panchkula in 2005.

Earlier on May 5, 2016, BS Hooda, then ex-officio chairman of HUDA, two Financial Commissioners, Chief Administrator and the Administrator of HUDA were booked by the State Vigilance Bureau, for their role in allegedly re-allotting the plot in Sector 6 of Panchkula to the Congress-controlled AJL.

The State Vigilance Bureau had stated that a loss of several crores was suffered by HUDA due to the act as the plot should have been sold through an open auction instead of being allotted again to AJL. However, Congress leaders, including Hooda, had claimed that everything was according to established rules and regulations.

The CBI registered the FIR against Hooda for criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating and misuse of official position by public servant in the case of re-allotment of plot to AJL. The FIR was registered at Chandigarh on April 5 under Sections 409, 420 and 120-B of the IPC.

Though Hooda was not booked by name in the FIR, it was registered against the then chairman of HUDA, a position that Hooda occupied as Chief Minister.