The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out searches on Saturday at the residence of former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The raids were carried out in connection with a land allotment case registered last year. In raids at 20 locations across Delhi, Rohtak, Chandigarh, Gurugram and Panchkula, the CBI raided homes and offices of Hooda and his close aides.
The raids are connected to the allotment of 400 acres of land in Manesar between 2004 and 2007. The land was allegedly acquired at cheap rates and sold to private builders. The CBI recently said it had registered a case against Hooda in connection with alleged fraudulent allotment of 14 industrial plots during his stint as the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) chairman in 2012.
The FIR referred to Hooda indirectly, by naming the post he then held as “chairman, HUDA”, not by his name. The CBI, in its FIR, alleged that HUDA violated key rules while allotting land in Haryana’s Panchkula district. Hooda headed a Congress government in Haryana for 10 years till 2014.