CHANDIGARH: A special
court in Panchkula on Friday framed charges against former
CM Bhupinder Singh
in the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) plot re-allotment case.
Hooda was charged under the the Prevention of Corruption
, a defence lawyer said. On Thursday, Hooda’s application in the court seeking discharge from the case had been rejected. Hooda and Congress’ Moti Lal Vora, who passed away recently, had been named as accused in the case.
The CBI had in December 2018 filed a chargesheet against Hooda and Vora, the then chairperson of AJL, in connection with alleged irregularities in the re-allotment of a plot in Panchkula. CBI had then claimed that the re-allotment of the plot to AJL caused a loss of Rs 67 lakh to the exchequer.
The CBI had said that the AJL was allotted a plot of land in Panchkula in 1982, on which no construction took place for 10 years after which the Haryana Urban Development Authority then took back possession of the plot. In 2005, the plot was allotted at the old rate to AJL allegedly in violation of the norms. As the CM, Hooda was the ex-officio chairperson of the authority.