FIR against Hooda, Vadra over Gurugram land deal

FIR against Hooda, Vadra over Gurugram land deal
Robert Vadra and Bhupinder Singh Hooda. (file)
Chandigarh/New Delhi, Sep 2 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 9/2/2018 12:26:16 PM IST

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda were booked Saturday by Haryana Police for alleged irregularities in a Gurgaon land deal.

An FIR against Vadra, Hooda and two companies -- DLF and Onkareshwar Properties -- has been registered at Kherki Daula police station in Gurgaon, Manesar Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajesh Kumar told PTI.

“We received a complaint today from one Surinder Sharma, resident of Nuh, in which he alleged irregularities in the land deals,” he said.

Earlier in February, Hooda and 33 others were chargesheeted by the CBI in a case of alleged corruption in Manesar land deals worth over Rs 1,500 crore.

That chargesheet related to land transactions in Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula villages of Gurgaon.

The Bharatiya Janata Party had made the land deals a major poll issue in 2014, alleging that Vadra benefited through questionable land use permissions granted by the earlier Congress government in the state led by Hooda.

In the FIR lodged Saturday, the complainant alleged that Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality Pvt Ltd purchased 3.5 acre of land in Gurgaon’s Sector 83 from Onkareshwar Properties at a price of Rs 7.50 crore in 2008, when Hooda was chief minister and also held the portfolio of Town and County Planning Department.

Later, Skylight Hospitality sold this land to realty major DLF for Rs 58 crore, after procuring commercial licence for the development of the colony with Hooda’s influence, the complainant alleged.

He also alleged that 350 acres of land was allotted to DLF at Wazirabad in Gurgaon in violation of rules which made the realty major gain Rs 5,000 crore.

The Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government had set up a one-man commission in May 2015 to probe the grant of licences for developing commercial colonies by the Department of Town and Country Planning in Gurgaon’s Sector 83.

The Justice S N Dhingra Commission, formed under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, had examined the licences given by the then Hooda government for the development of housing societies and commercial complexes in four Guragon villages of Sihi, Shikohpur, Kherki Daula and Sikanderpur Bada.

Vadra and Hooda have now been booked under Sections 420 (cheating), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the IPC, and Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

FIR is politically motivated: Hooda
Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who has been named in an FIR filed in the Gurugram land grab case, claimed that the complaint was “politically motivated.”
Speaking to ANI, Hooda said “This FIR is not filed by an independent person, but by a supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) itself. The government is making such moves in order to divert the attention of people from their failures. This (BJP) government after coming to power in Haryana has not done anything to develop the state. They are taking such steps out of sheer frustration.”
Furthermore, Hooda claimed that no preference was given to any individual in the allotment of land. “After coming to power, they (BJP) formed SN Dhingra Committee to probe the matter but could not find any solid evidence against any of us. I can assure you that when I was the chief minister, no illegal work or preference was given to any individual,” he added.
Speaking to media, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar assured that thorough investigation would be conducted into the matter.

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