The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday filed a chargesheet against former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda and 33 others in the Manesar land deal in the Panchkula CBI court.
The agency has filed the charge sheet under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and cheating, and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Former UPSC member Chattar Singh, who was a senior officer in the Haryana government at that time, has also been named in the charge sheet as an accused, reports adds.
Earlier in May 2017, the CBI had questioned Hooda on matters concerning the case of alleged financial irregularities in the acquisition of land in Gurugram's Manesar.
The case pertains to the alleged purchase of 400 acres of land from farmers in Gurugram for Rs. 100 crores when the actual worth (according to market rate) was Rs. 1,500 crores.
The purchase, according to the CBI, was made during August 2004-August 2007, under the "threat and false apprehension of acquisition of the land by the state government".
The CBI had also registered a case on Sep 15, 2015, against unknown public servants of Haryana Government and unknown private persons
It is alleged that in this process, initially, the Haryana government had issued a notification under the Land Acquisition Act for the 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 landowners by private builders under the threat of acquisition at meager rates, the CBI had said after registration of the case.
(With inputs from agencies)