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ED questions former Haryana CM Hooda in land scam case
Chandigarh, December 4, 2019
Former Haryana Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday deposed before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Gurugram land scam case.
A senior ED official wishing not to be named said that Hooda is being questioned under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in connection with the case.
He said the agency had registered a case against Hooda on the basis of the CBI first information report (FIR) filed in January this year.
In January 2019, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a case against Hooda, senior bureaucrats and prominent builders for alleged cheating and forgery. The matter pertains to the sale of 95 per cent of 1,400 acres in Gurugram (sectors 58 to 63 and sectors 65 to 66) to private builders.
Hooda is also being investigated in another money laundering case involving Associate Journals Limited (AJL) for alleged irregularities in allotting land when he was Chief Minister.
The money laundering case pertains to the alleged irregularities in the re-allotment of a plot, located in Panchkula, to AJL by the then Hooda government.
The AJL is controlled by senior Congress leaders, including members of the Gandhi family. The group runs the National Herald newspaper.
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