ED information chargesheet in multi-crore plot allotment rip-off towards Hooda

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Chandigarh, Feb 16 | The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a chargesheet in a particular court docket in Panchkula in reference to the multi-crore industrial plot allotment rip-off through which former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, his kin and others have been named, an official stated on Tuesday.

In 2016, the CBI had filed a case towards Hooda and others in reference to the allotment of 14 industrial plots through the Congress rule within the state.

All of the 14 industrial plots had been connected by the ED in 2019 beneath the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA).

Others named within the chargesheet embody D.P.S. Nagal (retired IAS), the then Haryana Improvement Authority (HUDA) chief administrator; S.C. Kansal, chief monetary controller; and B.B. Taneja, deputy superintendent.

The beneficiaries booked within the case are Renu Hooda, widow of the previous CM’s nephew; Pardeep Kumar, Mona Beri, Nandita Hooda, Manjot Kaur, Ganesh Dutt Ratan, Aman Gupta, Lt. Col. O.P. Dahiya (retd), Dagar Katyal, Siddharth Bharadwaj, Kanwar Preet Singh Sandhu, Raman Kansal and Ashok Verma.

The CBI, which took over the case after a advice by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to the Centre, stated that 14 industrial plots in Panchkula had been illegally allotted to personal individuals, principally kin of Hooda and officers of HUDA, thereby inflicting a loss to the exchequer.

The company has taken into custody the report of an inquiry earlier carried out by the Haryana state Vigilance Bureau.

The ED had began its investigation in 2015 primarily based on the case registered by the Vigilance Bureau.

The allotments had been made by HUDA in July 2013 and authorised by the previous CM as its chairman on the advice of a standing committee.

The costs of plots given to Hooda’s kin had been alleged to be a lot decrease than the market charge and HUDA didn’t represent the necessary committee to determine the beneficiaries.

The plots are positioned in Industrial Space, Section-1, Panchkula, close to right here, and are in two sizes: 1,000 sq mt costing Rs 64 lakh and 496 sq mt at Rs 31.74 lakh. The market worth of a 1,000 sq mt plot within the space at the moment was round Rs 6 crore, stated officers.

Supply: IANS

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