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Panchkula plot case: BJP looking for black cat in black bag, says former CM Bhupinder Hooda

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Haryana Vigilance department on Saturday registered an FIR against former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and three others in Panchkula Industrial Plot case on orders of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Haryana’s former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday said allegations of corruption in Panchkula Industrial Plot case against him is a case of political vendetta as the BJP government is behaving like a blind man looking for a black cat.”It is a complete case of political vendetta and witch hunting. This government has failed on every front and trying to divert the attention from their corruption cases. They are behaving like a blind man looking for black cat in black bag in dark night which is not there,” Hooda told ANI here. Haryana Vigilance department on Saturday registered an FIR against former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and three others in Panchkula Industrial Plot case on orders of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana government has also recommended a CBI inquiry into the case. The three others, against whom the case has been registered are former Chief Administrator of Haryana Urban Development Authority DPS Nagal, former Chief Finance Officer S.C. Kansal and another former officer of HUDA B. B. Taneja. Chief Minister Manohar lal has said that there were allegations of nepotism and favoritism and cheating in the allotment of 14 industrial plots by HUDA in Panchkula.

Atali Village: Where 1000 men stand guard while Eid Namaz is offered

On Friday afternoon, members of Muslim community offered their prayers at the mosque, while dozens of security personal kept watch, listening to the local Imam named Abid, sermonise a group of nearly 50 people.

Haryana’s Atali village where communal riots had erupted in May, wore a surreal look a day prior to Eid celebrations. Approximately 1,000 security personals have been alerted by state authorities to stand guard to avoid untoward communal incidents.An under-construction mosque, which is at the centre of this Hindu-Muslim dispute and a school, where more than 500 Muslim men and children are supposed to offer their prayers in the morning, will itself be guarded by personal of Border Security Force, Rapid Action Force and 10 cavalries provided by the local police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Friday afternoon, members of Muslim community offered their prayers at the mosque, while dozens of security personal kept watch, listening to the local Imam named Abid, sermonise a group of nearly 50 people.”Live like a stranger or a traveler. The world is not ours to take,” Abid said. A BSF officer listening keenly remarks to his colleague, “Molvi Sahab sahi keh rahien hai.”Moments later the prayers are over and men exit silently to be welcomed by Deputy Commissioner of police who confirms the set time of the Eid Namaz. “We will be here all night and all day. Nothing to worry about, said DCP Bhupinder Singh. While officials held meetings with the community promising them safety, many here still feel insecure. “We only come here once a week on Friday instead of five times a day. But it is alright, all I hope for is that the Eid Namaz goes smoothly,” said Nazim Ali, a resident. He added that while heavy police presence causes inconvenience to the village residents, but it was their only option to maintain peace.In total, two companies, each from RAF and BSF, and more than 600 police officials have been guarding the village since another minor riot broke out on July 10 in an already volatile area.More than 500 Muslim men, women and children had fled their homes and taken shelter at a local police station for nearly two weeks when communal riots had hit their village on May 25. “We had made some arrests related to the riots after which one of the two communities are a little hostile towards us,” said a senior police official.

CBI searches residence of its own officer; recovers Rs 5 lakh

New Delhi: CBI has carried out searches at the residence of its own officer in connection with alleged bribe case involving a former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer who has been arrested by the agency last month.

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The agency teams carried out searches at the residence of its own Superintendent of Police from where cash of Rs 5 lakh, three mobile phone and scanned copies of some cheques have been recovered, the sources said.

They said the agency is examining the case and action will be taken only after detailed analysis as the name of the officer was taken by the former RAW officer who has been arrested by CBI last month.

CBI has not named the SP in the FIR in which former RAW Officer Nirvikar Singh was arrested. Sources said the role of the officer is yet to be established in the case.

The agency had arrested a former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer Nirvikar Singh for allegedly taking a bribe from a businessman on promise to settle a disproportionate assets case against him.

The ex-RAW officer had cited his purported links with the SP-ranked officer in the agency, which was probing the case.

The businessman was also arrested, they said.

Agency sources said that Nirvikar Singh, former Aide-de-camp (ADC) of former Governor of Punjab, who was also facing CBI probe in disproportionate assets case was arrested with businessman Bhupinder Singh for allegedly receiving bribe of Rs 15 lakh on behalf of the SP-ranked officer of CBI.

The sources said that Singh had told Bhupinder that he could settle an ongoing case against him using his contacts with a Superintendent of Police in CBI and had demanded Rs 30 lakh for the same.

They said they were nabbed from posh Khan market while first installment of Rs 15 lakh of the alleged bribe was being exchanged.

Nirvikar Singh, who held the rank of Major in the Army, had become ADC to Punjab Governor in 2005. He later joined RAW as Under Secretary but his tenure was cut short after CBI registered a case against him.

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Faridabad communal clash: Community members scared to leave police station after Monday violence

Faridabad: Nearly 100 members of a community have taken shelter in a police station after fleeing Monday night violence over construction of a religious structure in Atali village in Faridabad and were refusing to return to their homes despite the police assuring them of security.

Representational Image. AP

Representational Image. AP

At least five persons were injured and around 15 houses gutted in the clash between the two communities that has triggered tension in the area on the outskirts of Delhi.

According to SHO in-charge Preetpal, the fear-stricken people were allowed to stay at the station following the violence. Though police has assured them that it will provide them adequate security, these people have refused to return to their homes.

Members of the Minority Commission reached on Wednesday and were trying to convince the people to return, police said.

The trouble began on Monday when the roof of the religious structure was being laid. A group of people from the other community turned violent and started pelting stones. The other side too retaliated.

The group poured kerosene on the houses of those belonging to the community and set them afire.

Section 144 was imposed in the village after the incident, police had said, adding, twenty people had been booked under various sections of the IPC and Arms Act.

The SHO of Police Station Chainsa was suspended after the incident.

Police force from six nearby districts was called to control the situation, an official said, adding that flag march was also conducted by the police.

Haryana Commissioner of Police Subhash Yadav, Sub Divisional Magistrate Priyanka Soni, DCP Bhupinder Singh, and other senior police and administration officials visited the village to review the situation, an official said.

Local MLA Moolchand Sharma said a meeting was organised in the SDM’s office today in which people from both the communities participated and the matter was resolved.

The government will compensate those affected and action will be taken against the accused, the MLA had said.

PTI

CBI arrests former R&AW officer Nirvikar Singh in graft case

New Delhi: A former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer was on Thursday arrested by CBI for allegedly taking a bribe from a businessman on promise to settle a disproportionate assets case against him.

The ex-RAW officer had cited his purported links with a SP-ranked officer in the agency, which was probing the case.

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The businessman was also arrested and both were produced before a court which remanded them to two days in police custody.

Agency sources said that Nirvikar Singh, former Aide-de-camp (ADC) of Lt Governor in Chandigarh, who was also facing CBI probe in disproportionate assets case was arrested with businessman Bhupinder Singh for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 15 lakh on behalf of the SP-ranked officer of CBI.

The sources said that Singh had told Bhupinder that he could settle an ongoing case against him using his contacts with a Superintendent of Police in CBI and had demanded Rs 30 lakh for the same.

They said they were nabbed from posh Khan market while first installment of Rs 15 lakh of the alleged bribe was being exchanged this evening.

The sources said that the SP is under scanner but not arrested as his role is yet to be probed. They said Nirvikar Singh has allegedly developed closeness with the said CBI officer during a probe of a DA case against him.

Nirvikar Singh, who held the rank of Major in the army, had become ADC to Lt Governor in Chandigarh in 2005. He later joined RAW as Under Secretary but his tenure was cut short after CBI registered a case against him.

CBI had alleged that he had amassed assets disproportionate to his known sources of his income.

“As part of its emphasis on strict internal vigilance drive, role of the concerned officer of CBI is also being scrutinized.

“A case of Disproportionate Assets is also presently being investigated by CBI against the said ex-Army Officer who was earlier ADC to Governor of Punjab,” CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said on Thursday.

She said that it has been alleged that the payment of Rs 15 lakh was part of Rs 30 lakhs bribe demanded by the ex-Army Officer in the name of SP-rank CBI officer in lieu of facilitating undue favour in the trial of a case of fraud pending against the businessman.

The spokesperson said that searches have been conducted at three locations in Delhi and Gurgaon, which led to recovery of incriminating documents and substantial cash.

Prasad said the arrested accused were produced today in the Designated Court at Patiala House Courts, New Delhi and were remanded to two days police custody.

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Haryana CM twice stood up family of Naval officer

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar twice promised the family of Kiran Shekhawat and failed to show up both the times. He insists on planning a third visit.
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Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar left the family of Lt. Kiran Shekhawat, the woman Nave officer who died in a Dornier crash off the coast of Goa on March 24, waiting for his planned visit to pay his condolences. The incident was repeated again on Friday on the eleventh-day ceremony to mark her death.Both the times, the family of the fallen and district administration of Nuh, waited in vain as CM did a no show.Father-in-law of officer Shekhawat, Shrichand Chhoker, said that upon calling CM’s residence, an official rudely asked him whether a visit from CM will mean a successful sacrifice of his daughter? Chhoker told Indian Express.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chhoker’s son, Vivek, also a Naval Officer, was married to Lt Kiran Shekhawat. Chhoker family amidst preparing for the ceremony had arranged for a special tent for CM Khattar. Now the family does not want him to visit.On the other hand, reports said that CMO of Haryana said that cancellation was due to ‘political compulsions’. But they will call the family and go again.Lt Kiran Shekhawat was a nobserver on board Dornier when it crashed off the coast of Goa. Her body and that of the co-pilot Lt Abhinav Nagori were later recovered. Pilot Commander Nikhil Joshi was rescued by fishermen.The family of Lt Shekhawat has been receiving VIP visitors including Union Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh, former Haryana CM, Bhupinder Singh Hooda.Lt Shekhawat was cremated with full military honours on March 30 in her village.

BJP discussing the type of enquiry over Vadra issue

A day after CAG report pointed at grant of “undue favours” to builders, including Robert Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality under previous Congress regime, BJP on Thursday said the party was internally discussing on what type of inquiry is to be set up regarding ‘Vadra’ issue.

A day after CAG report pointed at grant of “undue favours” to builders, including Robert Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality under previous Congress regime, BJP on Thursday said the party was internally discussing on what type of inquiry is to be set up regarding ‘Vadra’ issue.”The party is discussing what type of inquiry is to be set up and when is to be set up regarding this (Vadra) issue.What will be the terms of reference of the inquiry…we are still discussing and no decision has been taken yet,” BJP National Secretary and Incharge of Haryana Anil Jain said.He was asked to response what type of action will be taken after CAG report pointed out “undue favours” to developers including Skylight Hospitality.CAG in its latest report which was tabled yesterday in the Haryana Assembly had pointed out “undue favours” to builders including Robert Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality, by the Haryana Government during the Congress regime.
In its report for the year 2013-14, tabled in Haryana Assembly today, the official auditor has come down heavily on the Town and Country Planning Department.”…the department neither at the time of granting in-principle approval nor at the time of formal approval for transfer of licenses ensured that net profit beyond 15 per cent of the total cost accrues to public exchequer.”This enabled the developers to earn huge profits merely by selling the land while the government had to forego sizeable amount,” the CAG report had said.The BJP and other Congress rivals had trained their guns on the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda government accusing it of showing favours to Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in his land deal with realty giant DLF.Though the report did not name Vadra, his company, Skylight Hospitality, was named. Skylight Hospitality, the report noted, sold a prime 3.5 acre piece of land in Manesar in Gurgaon district to DLF in 2008 for Rs 58 Crore.

CAG report on Rober Vadra-DLF land deal vindicates me: Ashok Khemka

Ashok Khemka. PTI.Ashok Khemka. PTI.

Ashok Khemka. PTI.

Chandigarh: A senior IAS officer of Haryana Ashok Khemka today said that his action in Vadra-DLF land-license deal has been “vindicated in the CAG report but he continues to suffer the stigma of charge sheet.”

During the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government, the official had ordered the scrapping of the land deal between Skylight Hospitality Pvt Ltd (owned by Robert Vadra) and DLF, terming it as illegal. However, the previous Hooda government gave clean chit to Vadra in the land deal.

“My action in VADRA-DLF land-license deal vindicated in CAG report, but continue to suffer the stigma of chargesheet,” said Khemka in a tweet reacting to the CAG report.

In another tweet he said, “Real culprits sit in judgement over me. My pain and suffering may help to detox and cleanse the body politic.”

In his third tweet Khemka, presently posted as State Transport Commissioner, said “Black-marketing of licenses and permits to cronies is loot of public wealth. Will action be taken against the black-marketers?”

“Undue favours” to builders, including Robert Vadra‘s Skylight Hospitality, by the Haryana Government during the Congress regime has come under attack from the Comptroller and Auditor General.

In its report for the year 2013-14, tabled in the Haryana Assembly yesterday, the official auditor has come down heavily on the Town and Country Planning Department.

“….the department neither at the time of granting in-principle approval nor at the time of formal approval fortransfer of licenses ensured that net profit beyond 15 percent of the total cost accrues to public exchequer. This enabled the developers to earn huge profits merely by selling the land while the government had to forego sizeable amount,” the CAG report said.

The BJP and other Congress rivals had trained their guns on the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda government accusing it of showing favours to Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in his land deal with realty giant DLF.

Though the report did not name Vadra, his company, Skylight Hospitality, was named. Skylight Hospitality, the report noted, sold a prime 3.5 acre piece of land in Manesar in Gurgaon district to DLF in 2008 for Rs 58 crore.

PTI

Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Amarinder Singh may quit Congress, form new party

Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Captain Amarinder Singh

Seven months after the worst ever defeat in the Lok Sabha polls and an abysmal performance in state elections, Congress leaders are getting restive about their high command more particularly about vice president Rahul Gandhi. Speculations are rife, that two important party leaders of North Indian states have expressed displeasure at being bypassed in party decisions and are actively considering to leave the party. Notables among them are former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Captain Amarinder Singh, who is also former chief minister of Punjab. Speculations are rife within party circles, that both these leaders might be preparing ground to leave party. It is believed that Capt Singh, who failed to oust state Congress unit chief Pratap Singh Bajwa is now consulting his colleagues to float a regional party.But the party is worried more about the plans of Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who had been allegedly protecting Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra on his improper land deals. Hooda had organised a workers’ meeting at Rohtak as a sort of revolt against state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, a Rahul Gandhi protege, and Congress legislature party leader Kiran Chaudhry. At the Congress headquarters, this meeting is seen as a warning signal from Hooda that the leadership cannot ignore him to promote other leaders in the state.The cause of worry for the leadership is that 14 of the 15 sitting Congress MLAs in the state, turned up at the meeting to be counted as part of the Hooda camp. The former chief minister’s supporters say they may be even compelled to launch a new political party if Hooda is ignored and others are promoted who have neither the mass base nor the organisational support.Having remained the chief minister for two terms, Hooda was seen telling senior Congress leaders during his frequent trips to the Parliament House, last month, that he has nursed the party all his life and hence if the party wants a new face as the future CM, it can be his MP son Deepender and no one else.While in the neighbouring state of Punjab, Congress leaders there say, due to infighting and promotion of some leaders without any mass base, the party was unable to take the advantage of anti-incumbency wave against the Akali-BJP combine government. Capt Amarinder, who is a contender for the PPCC post is baying the blood of Pratap Singh Bajwa. During his visit to Punjab two months ago, Rahul had snubbed the Captain along with other dissidents for raising a revolt against Bajwa.