Causing a major setback to Congress, ahead of election, the CBI today filed a charge sheet against former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Congress senior leader Motilal Vora, in connection with the alleged irregularities in the re-allotment of an institutional plot in Panchkula, Haryana, to the Associated Journals Ltd., (IJL), which is alleged controlled by Congress leaders, including members of the Gandhi family.
The charge sheet was filed in a special court, alleging that the re-allotment of the plot, C-17, has caused a loss of Rs 67 lakh to the exchequer. It also charged that the then Haryana Chief Minister Hooda, who was also the chairman of the Haryana Urban Development Authority, the then chairman of the AJL, Vora and the company under the IPC sections, related to criminal conspiracy and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
In the charge sheet, the CBI has alleged that the AJL was allotted a plot of land in Panchkula in 1982, on which no construction took place till 1992. The HUDA had subsequently taken back the possession of the plot.
The charge sheet alleged that the same plot was re-allotted to the AJL at its original rates in 2005 by allegedly violating the laid down norms by the then HUDA chairman, Hooda.