Manesar Land: ED Registers Money-Laundering Case Against CM Hooda
CBI claimed to have found “fund transaction details worth crores of rupees” at Hooda’s residence last week.
In fresh trouble for former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a money laundering case against him and others in a case of alleged financial irregularities. The case is linked to acquisition of land in Gurgaon’s Manesar in which farmers were cheated of Rs 1,500 crore.
The ED has filed a criminal complaint under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against the Congress leader based on a CBI FIR, under which the probe agency conducted searches in Haryana and the national capital last week.
Summons would be issued to the accused soon. The agency is also looking for assets created out of tainted funds to attach them under PMLA as part of the investigation.Case Officials
The case pertains to CBI registering a case in this regard last year in September on allegations that private builders in conspiracy with unknown public servants of the Haryana government had purchased around 400 acres of land from farmers and land owners of village Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula in Gurgaon district. The land was bought at throwaway prices, showing the threat of acquisition by the government, during 27 August 2004 - 24 August, 2007.
It was alleged that this caused a loss of Rs 1,500 crore to the land owners of village Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula in Gurgaon.
Transaction Details Worth Crores Found at Hooda’s Residence
During last week’s searches at Hooda’s residence, CBI had claimed to have found “fund transaction details worth crores of rupees” which are now being scrutinised by the agency.
The ED is expected to seek a copy of these documents from the CBI soon, in order to take its probe forward. CBI alleged that initially the Haryana government had issued a notification under the Land Acquisition Act for acquiring land measuring about 912 acres for setting up an Industrial Model Township at villages Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula in Gurgaon.
After that, all the land had allegedly been grabbed from the land owners by private builders at meagre rates showing the threat of Government acquisition, reported CBI. It is also alleged that an order was then passed by the Director of Industries on 24 August 2007 releasing this land from the acquisition process in violation of the government policy, in favour of the builders, their companies and agents, instead of the original land owners.
The CBI has alleged in its FIR that in the said manner, land measuring about 400 acres whose market value at that time was above four crore rupees per acre, approximately totalling about approximately 1,600 crore rupees, was allegedly purchased by the private builders and others from the innocent land owners for only about Rs 100 crore.
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