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Trouble for Bhupinder Singh Hooda as SC orders CBI probe into Rohtak land case | Chandigarh News


CHANDIGARH: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the CBI to investigate the release of land in Haryana’s Rohtak to a real estate developer under the then Congress government of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. A bench of Justices U U Lalit, Ajay Rastogi and Aniruddha Bose passed the order for a CBI probe into matter.
In the Rohtak land scam, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had proposed to acquire around 850 acres of land in 2002 in Rohtak. But in April 2003, only 441 acres were acquired and remaining land was released to private builders for developing a colony.
In 2013, the Punjab and Haryana high court and the Supreme Court in May 2016 had set-aside the Haryana government’s decision to release land to a private colonizer. The high court had even indicted two senior bureaucrats posted in the office of the then CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda for allegedly favouring the developers.
“The officers of the state government, in their anxiety to help out builders, have completely overlooked the interest of landowners or of the general public to whom thousands of plots could have been allotted at a fairly low price through the aegis of HUDA,” the high court had observed in 2013.
The Supreme Court in 2016 had also asked the Haryana government to take action against the guilty officers but no action was taken till date.
In March 2018, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had called for a CBI probe in the matter, but later the Haryana government ordered an inquiry by a retired judge. In 2017, a probe was conducted by retired IAS officer Rajan Gupta, which did not fix anybody responsibility in the matter, and rather termed it a systematic failure.





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