CBI files charge sheets on National Herald case

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New Delhi:  The premier investigating agency, CBI, has filed charge sheets against Congress leaders on National Herald case.

Those named in the charge sheets are ex-Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former Congress leader Motilal Hooda and Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), publisher of National Herald newspaper. The charge sheets were filed at a court in Panchkula.

The leaders have been accused in the case pertaining to the alleged illegal re-allotment of land to AJL in Panchkula in 2005.

The AJL is owned by Young India. It is headed by the Gandhi family of the Congress party.

It may be recalled that in April last year, the CBI filed an FIR against Hooda and others on the alleged illegal re-allotment of the land to AJL.

The CBI’s plea is that the violation of rules in the case resulted in a loss of Rs 62 lakh to the Haryana government.

The Haryana governor Satyadev Narayan Arya had given his approval for the prosecution of Hooda in the AJL matter. The CBI had taken over the case of Haryana Vigilance Bureau in April 2017.

Hooda has maintained in the past that no rules had been violated in the re-allotment of land to AJL. He said the case was a “political vendetta” against him by the BJP government.

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