Chandigarh: Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, senior Congress leader Motilal Vora among others appeared in Panchkula’s Special CBI Court on Wednesday in relation to the Manesar land scam case. Also Read - Shekhar Suman Speaks on Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case Again, Says Agencies Are Helpless in Absence of Evidence
The next hearing has been set for February 20, which is nearly a year after Hooda among other senior party leaders and bureaucrats were charge-sheeted by the CBI in the multi-crore land scam. Also Read - CBI Raids 40 Places Across 3 States In Connection With Illegal Coal Trade
The chargesheet named 34 accused- including senior bureaucrats Chhattar Singh, S.S. Dhillon and M.L. Tayal and promoter of Gurgaon-based real estate company ABW Builders, Atul Bansal.
The CBI had first registered the case against the accused in September 2015, following allegations that private builders in connivance with public servants had fraudulently bought acres of land at throwaway prices.
The land in question was estimated to be around 400 acres of farm owned by people in Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula villages in Gurgaon.
Reportedly, the land was then valued at around Rs 1,600 crore but was bought by the builders for around Rs 100 crore.
The land was bought in the period from August 2004 to August 2007. The Congress government in Haryana, led by Chief Minister Hooda, remained in power from March 2005 to October 2014.