The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday filed a chargesheet against ex Harayan CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Motilal Vora and AJL company in connection with re-allotment of institution plot in Panchkula Harayan. Here are the full details of the chargesheet:
U/s 120-B of IPC, 420 of IPC and section 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (d) of PC Act in the Court of Special Judge, CBI cases, Panchkula(Haryana) against Sh. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the then Chairman, HUDA(then CM), Haryana; Sh. Motilal Vora, then Chairman, M/s Associated Journals Ltd. and M/s Associated Journals Ltd in a case relating to an alleged re-allotment of institutional plot No.C-17, Sector-6, Panchkula to M/s. AJL.
Expressing 'happiness' over the step taken by the CBI, BJP senior leader Subramanian Swamy took to Twitter and wrote:
Meanwhile, the Patiala house court had dismissed senior Congress leader Motilal Vohra’s plea seeking to restrain BJP leader Subramanian Swamy from tweeting about the National Herald case.
Earlier, top sources had told Republic TV that the Haryana Governor had given its sanction to prosecute former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) case.
It was in May 2016 that the Haryana vigilance bureau had registered cheating and corruption cases against Hooda, who was Haryana CM from 2005 till 2014. The reason behind Hooda and other officials, all a part of the erstwhile Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), being booked was for allegedly reallocating a plot in Panchkula to ALJ, the publisher of the National Herald newspaper, in 2005. In 2011, AJL's ownership was transferred to Young India Limited, in which Rahul and Sonia Gandhi are shareholders and directors.
In July 2017, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda allegedly misused his official position and illegally re-allotted a plot in 2005 to the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) in Panchkula.
The ED had told the court that an affidavit that Hooda allegedly misused his official position to re-allot the plot to AJL and caused "wrongful gain" to it and corresponding loss to the state exchequer.