The CBI on Saturday filed a chargesheet against former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, senior Congress leader Motilal Vora and Associated Journals Limited, the publisher of Congress mouthpiece National Herald in connection with re-allotment of institution plot in Panchkula.
Reacting swiftly, the Congress termed it a political stunt by the Centre’s BJP-led government ahead of elections. Abhishek Manu Singhvi told news agency ANI, “As polls approach, govt indulges in such acts. 5 yrs are about to get over, they’ve all powers but do they’ve any evidence? Their only aim is to use such tools as per convenience during polls.”
Vora, for his part, said that the central government was working with bad intentions. He said, “The matter is sub-judice and truth will triumph at last. We’ll give a reply of charge-sheet.There are no irregularities in the matter.”
The Congress found support from the CPI-M, whose general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the government was using probe agencies, meant to be independent, to carry out vendetta against opposition parties.
However, BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy tweeted saying that he was happy on the CBI’s decision to charge-sheet Congress leaders. He wrote, “I am happy CBI has charge-sheeted Hooda and Motilal Vora today in NH land grabbing case.”
I am happy CBI has charge-sheeted Hooda and Motilal Vora today in NH land grabbing case.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) December 1, 2018
The CBI, in its chargesheet filed in a special court, has alleged that the re-allotment of an institutional plot in sector-6 of Panchkula, Haryana to AJL had caused a loss of Rs 67 lakh to the exchequer. The chargesheet, according to News18, went on to allege that the then Hooda government allotted the plot in violation of norms. The 3500 square feet plot was given on lease to AJL in 1982, but no construction took place on it till 1992. HUDA took back the possession in 1996 after the lease expired.