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Ex-CM Hooda in CBI net in Huda AJL land case

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a chargesheet against former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Congress leader Motilal Vora Saturday in connection with the alleged irregularities in the re-allotment of an institutional plot in Panchkula, Haryana to the Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), which is allegedly controlled by Congress leaders.

The central agency, which filed the chargesheet in a special court, has alleged that the reallotment of the plot, C-17, has caused a loss of Rs 67 lakh to the Exchequer.

The agency has charged the then Haryana chief minister Hooda, who was also the chairman of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), the then chairman of the Associated Journals Ltd, Vora, and the company under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections related to criminal conspiracy and the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

In the chargesheet, the Central Bureau of Investigation has alleged that Associated Journals Ltd was allotted a plot of land in Panchkula in 1982, on which no construction took place till 1992. Haryana Urban Development Authority had subsequently taken back the possession of the plot.

The chargesheet alleged that the same plot was re-allotted to Associated Journals Ltd at its original rates in 2005 by allegedly violating the laid down norms by the then Haryana Urban Development Authority chairman, Hooda.

Associated Journals Ltd is reportedly controlled by senior Congress leaders, including members of the Nehru-Gandhi family. The group runs the National Herald newspaper.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday accusing the NDA government of harassing political rivals through agencies life the CBI and Income Tax department, adding that he has joined hands with Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other Opposition leaders to work in the national interest.

Speaking at a roadshow in the city, Naidu criticised the NDA government for demonetisation, "the faulty implementation" of GST and the price rise and alleged that there was a feeling of insecurity."

"Today, the government led by Narendra Modiji in the country is indulging in attacking political rivals. They are harassing rivals as per will."

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