CHANDIGARH: Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and senior Congress leader Motilal Vora were on Thursday granted bail by a CBI court in Panchkula in a case pertaining to alleged illegal re-allotment of land to Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) in Panchkula in 2005.
CBI judge Jagdeep Singh granted bail to Hooda and Vohra on furnishing a bond of Rs 5 lakh each.
Their counsel Abhishek Rana said, “The next date for hearing in the case has been fixed for February 6.”
On December 1 last year, the CBI had filed the charge sheet against Hooda, Vora and AJL, publisher of the National Herald newspaper.
Sources said that as Hooda was the chief minister then, in that capacity he was also the ex-officio chairman of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). The investigating agency has registered the case against Hooda for criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating and misuse of official position by public servant.
Sources said that it is alleged that AJL was allotted a plot in Panchkula in 1982 on which no construction took place till 1992. Then HUDA took back possession of the plot which was later re-allotted to AJL at original rates in 2005 by allegedly violating the laid down norms of the HUDA by then Chief Minister Hooda. The AJL was re-allotted a plot (no C-17), measuring 3,360 square meters, in Sector 6 of Panchkula on June 29, 2005 in an alleged case of undue favour.