CBI Raids Former Haryana CM

  • Gurgaon land scam

New Delhi: The CBI raided the house of former chief minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday in a case of alleged irregularities in acquisition of land in Gurgaon in which farmers were allegedly cheated to an approximation totalling about Rs 1,500 crores.

In connection with the case, some 20 searches were conducted in Gurgaon, Rohtak, Panchkula and Delhi that included residences of a sitting Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) member Chattar Singh, Principal Secretary M.L. Tayal, and a serving IAS S.S. Dhillon.

The case was registered last year in September, when some farmers and landowners of Naurangpur, Manesar and Lakhnoula villages of Gurgaon district, made allegations that private builders had purchased their land at meagre rates citing the threat of acquisition by the government between the periods of August 2004 to August 2007.

The government issued notifications under Land Acquisition Act for acquiring land measuring about 912 acres for setting up an industrial model township in these villages. The complainants allege that some unknown officials in the government had conspired with the private dealers in using that notification as a threat to grab lands from them.

Later, in August 2007, after some 400 acres of land was grabbed from the poor farmers, the director of industries passed an order to release the land from the acquisition process and the land was released in violation of the government policy, in favour of the builders.

The CBI has alleged in its FIR (First Information Report) that land measuring about 400 acres whose market value at the time was Rs.4 crores per acre, totalling about Rs 1,600 crores, was forcefully purchased by private dealers from the innocent farmers for only Rs 100 crores, cheating them of about Rs 1,500 crores.

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