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ED attaches properties worth Rs. 30.34 crore in Panchkula industrial plots allocation case
New Delhi, August 30, 2019
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Thursday it had attached 14 industrial plots worth Rs. 30.34 crore under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) in the Panchkula industrial plots allocation case.
In a press release, the Ed alleged that the 14 plots were fraudulently allocated to persons closely connected to then Haryana Chief Minister Bhupendra Singh Hooda, who was the ex-officio Chairman of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
"Since these fraudulently acquired plots are proceeds of crime, the same have been provisionally attached under PMLA.
"Investigations conducted by ED reveal that 14 industrial plots were available with HUDA for allotment in 2011. It has come out during the investigation that the prices fixed for the subject allotment were kept very low vis-a-vis market rate. The then prevalent collector rate was around 4-5 times the price fixed for allotment. Hon’ble High Court directions to the Haryana Government were to evolve a fair and transparent criteria for such allocations.
"The criteria for allotment were altered 18 days after the last date of application was over and all the applicant data was in possession of HUDA. Marks for certain criteria were altered to favour the pre-selected applicants by increasing the discretion at the hands of the interview committee. The marks for certain criteria were reduced and for others the criteria points were given zero marks thereby effectively removing the criteria as given in EMP. The entire interview process was vitiated and compromised as no formal record of marks allocation was kept. It has been found that the plots were allocated to persons closely connected to Shri Bhupender Singh Hooda in terms of his personal capacity and also in terms of the political party he belongs to," it said.
Further investigation in this case is under progress, the release added.
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