CBI carries out searches at residence of former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s residence in Rohtak is being raided by an eight-member team of the CBI with respect to the Manesar land scam . The raids began early hours of today.

Raids are being carried out in 30 premises in the NCR region and Haryana including Hooda’s residence. A fresh case has been registered against Hooda in the scam over irregularities in land allotment between 2004-07, following a Supreme Court directive on November 1, 2017, to probe into the acquisition process for 1,407 acre and subsequent release of 95 per cent land. He has been called for questioning by the CBI on the scam.

The land was allegedly purchased showing the threat of acquisition by the government, during the period August 27, 2004 to August 24, 2007. The CBI 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 900 acres of land from farmers and land owners of village Manesar, Naurangpur and Gurgaon at throwaway prices.

Several farmers and land owners are alleged to have been cheated to the tune of about Rs 1,500 crore in the case. It is alleged that in this process, initially, the Haryana government had issued a notification under the Land Acquisition Act for acquisition of land measuring about 912 acres 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 land owners by private builders under the threat of acquisition at meagre rates, the CBI had said after registration of the case.

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