A year after the Lokayukta directed police to enquire and investigate into allegations against five former Congress MLAs in the CLU Scam, the enquiry report has recommended registration of a criminal case against former Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Vinod Bhayana.
Bhayana is among the five accused Congress leaders in the cash-for-change-of-land-use (CLU) certificates scam. INLD had released CDs in which the five Congress leaders, namely the then Health minister Narender Singh, former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Vinod Bhayana and former MLAs Naresh Selwal, Jarnail Singh, and Ram Niwas Ghorela were shown allegedly demanding money for the issuance of CLU certificates for agricultural land in Gurgaon, Faridabad and Palwal. The Congress, led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda, was in office then.
Following the complaint, the Lokayukta had directed V Kamaraj, IPS, Additional Director General of Police, Operations, Haryana to investigate the case, and ascertain whether the contents of the CD showing Bhayana and Ahlabadi allegedly demanding money is tampered or not.
In his report submitted to the Lokayukta, whose copy is with the The Indian Express, the police has recommended that a criminal case under Section 7,8, 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 be registered and investigated against Bhayana and his acquaintance Bhuvnesh Kumar Ahlabadi for the offence committed.
The experts at Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh who examined the CD, submitted that the authenticity was proved as the CD had not been tampered with. The experts concluded, that the source from which it was recorded was also proved.
Highlighting that the purpose the meeting arranged by Ahlabadi was to get the file for CLU file approved, the enquiry report stated, “There was direct conversation between Bhayana, his acquaintance, Ahlabadi with Dharmender Kuhar (sting operator) at the same place. Bhayana did not oppose any of the demands made by Ahlabadi despite being present there. Furthermore, his actions and omissions, both explicit and implied do not suggest any intention whatsoever, to prevent the commission of an offence, this makes him a party to the offence as well, as is evident from the data in the CD.”
It is clear that it was not a chance meeting, concluded the report.
“The CD of sting operation was given to Lokayukta to highlight this corruption, and following a detailed enquiry by a senior IPS officer, they have recommended FIR. Lokyukta may take any appropriate action on the report,” said Vishal Garg Narwana, Counsel for Cabinet Minister, Krishan Panwar, one of the complainants in the case.
All the five accused were sitting MLAs at the time of the incident, and were given tickets for the 2014 Assembly elections. They, however, they were defeated. Narender Singh contested from Narnaul, Vinod Bhayana from Hansi, Naresh Selwal from Uklana constituency, Ram Niwas Ghorela from Barwala and Jarnail Singh from Ratia.