CBI set to quiz former Haryana chief minister Hooda
The CBI will summon former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and other accused for questioning in the corruption case it registered against them on Friday, sources said.
The agency had raided the Congress leader’s Rohtak home in connection with the case, which relates to land deals in Gurgaon during his rule, including one involving Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and real estate firm DLF.
“We will soon question Hooda and the other persons, including officials of the private builders named in the new FIR. If needed, he will be confronted with other accused to unearth the conspiracy,” an agency official said.
The CBI alleges that during Hooda’s tenure, private builders had in collusion with public servants hoodwinked farmers and bought land cheap from them in Gurgaon.
The Congress has slammed the raid and the case as “political vendetta” by the Narendra Modi government ahead of the general election.
It has also questioned the timing of the raid, which came 14 months after the Supreme Court’s November 2017 directive to the CBI to probe the alleged irregularities.
The raid came on the last day of campaigning before the Jind Assembly by-election in Haryana, and forced Hooda to skip a scheduled poll rally.
The CBI had earlier filed two FIRs against Hooda while Haryana police had registered one. All four cases are linked to land deals.