New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday interrogated former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in connection with the alleged irregularities in the land allotted to the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) at Panchkula, by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

Hooda, who was the Chairman of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) , by virtue of being the Chief Minister of the state, was examined by the agency for the first time in connection with this case. While talking to PTI, CBI spokesperson RK Gaur said,”Yes he is being examined.”

A few days ago, the agency had also examined UPSC member and the then Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Chattar Singh in connection with case, which was registered by the agency last year. It is alleged that the orders for the allotment were issued from the Chief Minister’s office.

According to the FIR, industrial plots were given to 14 people by allegedly manipulating certain provisions of allotment which included allowing them to submit their applications even after the last date of submission ended.

Earlier, state Sports Minister Anil Vij had attacked Hooda over the irregularities in the land allotment at Panchkula and had said that the Congress leaders looted Haryana under his rule in order to appease party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi.

“A piece of land was allotted to the AJL during Bhajanlal’s regime. They never undertook any construction on this plot. The plot was re-acquired under the rule of Bansiraj. When the Hooda Government came to power in 2005, a Congress senior leader wrote them a letter stating that the plot be acquired again. So they started working on it,” Vij had told ANI.

(With inputs from agencies)