Besides Hooda, the then officials of HUDA and the office-bearers of AJL have also been booked in the case.
The HUDA chairman at the time was the then Congress chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, although the FIR does not mention his name.
Various senior BJP leaders including Haryana’s Health Minister Anil Vij had been demanding that a criminal case be registered against Hooda and others for giving away the plot to AJL in violation of norms.
The Dhingra Commission order concerning Hooda was passed on March 25 since he was also minister in-charge of T&CP when he led the Congress government in the state for 10 years.
Hooda was hitting back at the BJP government after it accused him and the Congress for the violence.
Vadra’s company had purchased nearly 3.5 acre land in Shikohpur village and later sold it to DLF after completing certain formalities during Hooda’s tenure as CM.
The commission of inquiry, led by retired Justice S N Dhingra, had initially summoned Hooda on March 21. The commission was formed by the M L Khattar government last year.
The arrest came after the Rohtak district court on Tuesday denied him anticipatory bail.
The FIR was lodged on the basis of a complaint lodged by Captain (retd) Pawan Anchal, a resident of Bhiwani.
“Nowhere have I talked about instigating Jats or anyone. Moreover, the conversation is an old one, much before the current unrest started,” he said.
The 68-year-old Congress leader said his only demand was that peace be restored in Haryana after which he will break his fast.
The former CM also dismissed allegations by BJP leaders that the agitation was more pronounced in Rohtak and Jhajjar, his stronghold, saying the BJP had a habit of blaming him for everything.
The then HUDA Chief Administrator endorsed the note sent by the legal department and forwarded it to the CMO on August 18, 2005.
On the issue of cow protection, Hooda said the government has brought in tougher laws but “did nothing concrete on the ground”.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar termed the incident “very unfortunate” and assured speedy probe into the case.