Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda has given his first reaction to a sanction being granted, as per sources, allowing his prosecution in the AJL case by the Haryana Governor.
Offering two back-to-back reactions, Hooda, who was Haryana chief minister between 2005 and 2011, said that the entire matter was politically motivated and that there was an agenda against him.
"It's a political vendetta against me. Nothing wrong has been done", Hooda said.
He maintained that everything that was done in the allotment of a plot of land in Panchkula to AJL, the publisher of the National Herald newspaper, in 2005 had been done in accordance with the law.
"Everything has been done legally", Hooda said, adding that he has full faith in the judiciary. When asked, he said that he doesn't have any tension because he hasn't done anything wrong.
Earlier, while prefacing his response on the matter, Hooda had lashed out at the current MK Khattar-led Haryana government. He remarked on how it had been in power for four years and claimed that it had done nothing.
On Thursday morning, Republic TV had been the first to learn from top sources that the Haryana Governor had granted sanction to prosecute Hooda in the AJL case. Simultaneously, in another setback for the Congress, the Delhi High Court offered no relief to the Gandhis by choosing to not offer a stay on the eviction of Herald House in New Delhi. Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are directors and major shareholders in Young Indian limited, which owns AJL.