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Chandigarh: A first information report (FIR) was filed by the Haryana vigilance bureau on Sunday against the former chairman and chief administrator of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) for alleged irregularities in allotment of industrial plots in Panchkula three years ago – when former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was at the helm of affairs.

The FIR was lodged even as Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged irregularities during the previous Congress government.

The vigilance bureau registered the case under the Indian Penal Code, and the Prevention of Corruption Act, against the then HUDA chairman, a post held by Hooda, as also former Indian Administrative Service officer D.P.S. Nagal and two other HUDA officials.

The FIR does not mention Hooda by name but the names of others – Nagal, former HUDA chief finance officer S.C. Kansal, and another official B.B. Taneja, besides 13 beneficiaries, figure in it, a senior vigilance bureau official said.

Hooda dubbed the move as “political vendetta" unleashed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. “They (BJP) have unleashed political vendetta against us (Congress leaders)," the former chief minister said. Hooda alleged the Khattar government had failed on all fronts and was desperate to divert public attention from its own alleged failures.

With the vigilance department registering an FIR in the case, the matter will be referred to the CBI, Khattar’s officer on special duty Jawahar Yadav said.

On Sunday, Khattar told reporters in Ludhiana: “The vigilance report says that norms were not followed and the plots were alloted to favourites and close ones."

The Haryana chief minister rejected the allegation of “political vendetta", saying, “Wherever wrongs have taken place, we are duty-bound to take action. We don’t initiate any action by targeting anyone."

Khattar said the state’s advocate general has favoured a probe by an independent agency, and added the matter will be referred for a CBI probe.

Haryana cabinet minister Anil Vij said, “This matter will be probed by CBI. Large-scale irregularities have taken place in plot allotments, which were distributed to favourites by the previous regime."

Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad hit out at the BJP government for allegedly targeting political opponents. PTI

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