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Vengeance, replacement prime motive of Khattar govt: Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Bhupinder Singh Hooda

New Delhi: Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who has been booked by the state’s Vigilance Department for his alleged involvement in the National Herald case, on Sunday alleged that the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government, which has become the Centre’s cooperative party, has been indulging in vengeance and replacement ever since it came to power.

“This is what this government does. They have not done anything for the people of this state,” Hooda said. “They are just doing two things ‘badla’ (vengeance) and ‘badli’ (replacement),” he added.

Khattar earlier in the day ruled out political vendetta behind the move to book Hooda and said that action will be taken against all wrongdoers. “The Vigilance Department is performing its duty. We do not interfere in the working of the departments. Every department has got the freedom to perform its duties. They found that there is something wrong (against Hooda) and, therefore, they have registered an FIR. Action will be taken against anyone, who has done wrong,” Khattar said.

Hooda, who as the chief minister was the ex-officio chairman of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), has been accused of illegally transferring land to Associated Journals Ltd., which published the newspaper at Panchkula in 2005.

The Congress leader has been charged with cheating and breach of trust under the Indian Penal Code and also criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy had earlier accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying just Rs. 50 lakh by which Young Indian (YI) obtained the rights to recover Rs. 90.25 crore which the Associated Journals Ltd. had owed to the Congress Party.

Swamy had alleged that over Rs. 2,000 crore worth of assets also got transferred to YI, whose 76 percent of shareholding is with the Gandhis while the remaining 24 percent shareholding is with the other accused.

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