The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday conducted searches on the premises of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his associates in connection with alleged irregularities in the acquisition of land in Gurgaon district.
In raids in 20 locations across Delhi, Chandigarh, Rohtak and Gurugram, the CBI has reportedly also searched the homes and offices of a top bureaucrat, SS Dhillon, and two former officers ML Tayal and Chattar Singh.
A CBI team arrived at Hooda’s home in Haryana’s Rohtak on Saturday morning.
The raids are related to the allotment of 400 acres of land in Manesar between 2004 and 2007, allegedly acquired at dirt-cheap rates from villagers.
The land was allegedly sold to private builders. The CBI alleges that villagers lost out on Rs. 1,500 crore in the deal.
Hooda headed a Congress government in Haryana for 10 years till 2014.
He has reportedly also been indicted for his alleged role in facilitating illegal land deals in a report by a former judge who studied controversial transactions in Haryana including one involving Robert Vadra, whose mother-in-law, Sonia Gandhi, heads the Congress.
The investigation was ordered by ML Khattar, who took over as Chief Minister of a BJP government after Mr Hooda’s defeat.