Land scam: CBI registers case against Hooda, he calls it ‘political vendetta’https://indianexpress.com/article/india/cbi-raids-former-haryana-cm-bs-hoodas-residence-5554720/

Land scam: CBI registers case against Hooda, he calls it ‘political vendetta’

Reacting to the CBI raid, Hooda said, "The CBI came searching but did not find anything. These things are done to divert people's attention. They can't suppress my voice; I will fight."

CBI raids former Haryana CM BS Hooda's residence in land deal case
A team of CBI officials is present at the residence of former Haryana Chief Minister BS Hooda in Rohtak, Haryana. (Express photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Friday registered a new case against former Haryana Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda in connection with irregularities in land acquisition. It is conducting raids at 20 places in Delhi-NCR, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Mohali, including Hooda’s residence in Rohtak.

The case pertains to the acquisition of 1,417 acres of land between 2009-2014 in Gurugram. The accused are charged under Sections 120B, 420 and 13(2). The case also names IAS officer and former HUDA Chief Administrator TC Gupta and 15 private owners.

Reacting to the CBI raid, Hooda said, “The CBI came searching but did not find anything. These things are done to divert people’s attention. They can’t suppress my voice; I will fight.” Terming it as an act of political vendetta, he told news agency ANI in a statement, “This is a result of political vendetta. I will fight this battle myself. I have complete faith in the judiciary. No one can silence my voice.”

Congress leader and former Haryana Assembly Speaker Kuldeep Sharma, meanwhile, lambasted the BJP government and charged that the action was intended to stop the senior Congress leader from attending a poll rally to be held Friday in the run-up to the Jind bypoll. “This entire exercise has been done to stop Bhupinder Singh Hooda from going to Jind bypoll,” he said.

“The Jind by-election is going to take place and today, a poll rally was organised. It (CBI raid) was to happen and it was carried out with an intention of political ill will in order to influence the by-election,” Sharma said, who was present at Hooda’s residence.

He also alleged: “The BJP government got this despicable act done in order to stop Hooda from going to the rally.”