AJL land case: ED names Vora, Hooda in chargesheet

AJL land case: ED names Vora, Hooda in chargesheet

Agency News

New Delhi, Aug 26: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday filed a prosecution complaint in Panchkula land allotment to Associated Journals Limited (AJL), and named veteran Congress party leaders Motilal Vora and Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the case.

"AJL, Moti Lal Vora and Bhupinder Singh Hooda were directly involved in the process activity connected with acquisition, possession or projection of ‘Proceeds of Crime’ that was the Plot No.C-17, Sector 6, Panchkula to the tune of Rs 64.9 crore," ED said in its chargesheet filed before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Panchkula.

"The PMLA Adjudicating Authority had also ordered confirmation of the provisional attachments order," it said. Investigation under the PMLA was based on a case that the above referred property was allotted to AJL in the year 1982, but the same was resumed back by the HUDA Estate Officer Order dated October 30,1992 as the AJL did not comply with the conditions of allotment letter. The Resumption Order attained finality after dismissal of the Revision Petition in 1996.

"However, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the then Haryana Chief Minister and Chairman HUDA, misused his official position and allotted the said plot afresh in the guise of re-allotment to the AJL at original rates plus interest in violation of necessary conditions or policy of HUDA vide order dated August 28,2005," ED said.

He also did not adhere with the legal opinion of Legal Remembrance, Haryana and recommendations of HUDA Officers and Financial Commissioner Town and Country Planning (FCTCP). Thus, the CM caused wrongful loss to HUDA and wrongful gain to AJL, the central financial probe agency said.

Mr Hooda further favoured the AJL by granting them three undue extensions for construction in the said plot from May 1, 2008 to May10.2012 until the AJL completed the construction in the year 2014, the agency added. (UNI)