Chandigarh, May 8: Former Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda is in trouble again and this time it is for National Herald case. The Haryana Vigilance Bureau has registered an FIR against the chairman of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) associated with Associated Journals Limited (AJL) plot allotment case. Though, his name has not been mentioned in the case, indirectly it is pointed at Hooda who was the chairman of HUDA and the Chief Minister of Haryana.
Along with the chairman, the FIR also mentions the name of employees and government officials. It also lists’s HUDA’s then chief administrator and administrator under sections 409, 420 and 120B of the IPC and section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The complaints that has been registered also mentions the name of state financial commissioner and office-bearers of AJL, New Delhi. Speaking to Indian Express, Bhupinder Singh Hooda said, “I am yet to see the FIR and will be able to comment after I study it.” ALSO READ: Will file witness list in National Herald case: Subramanian Swamy to court
The case relates to irregularities in the allotment of 3,360-sq-m plot in Sector 6, Panchkula, to Associated Journals Limited (AJL). It further says that while in power Hooda government misused the his post and violated norms so that the order related with the allotment can be made at a throwaway price of 1982, causing a loss of Rs 64 lakh to the state exchequer. It is also learnt that the plot was allotted to AJL in 1992, but was reclaimed by the state government, when AJL failed to make use of the plot. Currently, the National Herald case is being heard by the Patiala House Court in the national capital and Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have been named in it.