Gurugram: Former chief minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday termed the FIR against him in 2008 Gurugram land grab case as ‘politically motivated’. Apart from him, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, DLF Gurugram and Onkareshwar Properties, Gurugram, have also been named in the FIR.
“Its a politically motivated FIR through a private complaint. People now know this Govt’s intentions, elections are near and they have found nothing against us. It is just their frustration,” Hooda was quoted as saying in a tweet by news agency ANI.
The FIR stated that Vadra’s company, Sky Light Hospitality, allegedly purchased land in various places in Gurugram and sold them at exorbitant prices soon after.
A case has been registered under sections 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy), 420 (Cheating), 467 (Forgery), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (Criminal Misconduct by a public servant) in Kherki Daula police station of Haryana.
Meanwhile, Vadra, in a statement post the development, claimed that the FIR was filed to divert people from the “real issues.”
“Election season, increase in oil prices…. so let’s divert real people’s issues with my decade-old issue. What’s new,” the statement issued by him read.
On the other hand, BJP called it a fight against corruption. “This is not a personal fight, this is our collective fight against corruption. BJP govt in state & center does not tolerate corruption at any cost, BJP leader Jawahar Yadav stated.
The FIR comes a couple of days after Vadra defended himself saying various allegations against him of being part of fraudulent land deals are baseless. “I am right here in the country. I have not escaped to a foreign country, have I? If there are any questions and queries, I would oblige with it,” he had said.