New Delhi, Aug 29: Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) 14 industrial plots worth Rs 30.34 crore in the Panchkula Industrial plot allocation scam allotting to the close associates of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupendra Singh Hooda. According to ED, these 14 Industrial plots were fraudulently allocated to the persons closely connected to Hooda who was the ex-officio chairman of HUDA.
“Since these fraudulently acquired plots are 'Proceeds of Crime', they have been provisionally attached under PMLA,” the probe agency said. The central financial probe agency investigations revealed that the plots were available with HUDA for allotment in 2011 with the fixed price kept very low vis-a-vis market rate. The probing agency further revealed that the selection criteria were altered or removed in Estate Management Procedure to favour the pre -selected applicants. The entire interview process was vitiated and compromised as no formal record of marks allocation under different criteria for allocation of the plot was kept.(UNI)