New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is conducting a raid at the residential premises of former Haryana Chief Minister BS Hooda in connection with alleged land scam case, news agency ANI reported on Friday. The agency is also conducting raids at more than 30 places in Delhi-NCR.
According to reports, Hooda is present at his residence as the raid is presently underway.
Last year in February, the investigating agency had filed chargesheet against former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and 33 others in Panchkula court in connection with a land acquisition scam causing loss of around Rs 1500 crore to farmers of Gurugram.
In May 2017, the investigating agency had questioned Hooda in connection with Manesar land deal scam.
The agency had registered the case in September 2015 on allegations that private builders in conspiracy with unknown public servants of the Haryana government had purchased around 400 acres of land from farmers and landowners of village Manesar, Naurangpur and Gurugram at throwaway prices.
The land was allegedly purchased showing the threat of acquisition by the government, during the period August 27, 2004, to August 24, 2007.
However, former chief minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda had termed the FIR against him as ‘politically motivated’. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, DLF Gurugram, and Onkareshwar Properties, Gurugram, had been named in the FIR.
Notably, the Haryana government had issued a notification under the Land Acquisition Act for the acquisition of land for setting up an industrial model township at villages in Manesar, Naurangpur, and Lakhnoula in Gurgaon. After that, all the land had allegedly been grabbed from the landowners by private builders under the threat of acquisition at meager rates, the CBI had said after registration of the case.