Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Vora get bail in AJL case

Chandigarh: Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and senior Congress leader Moti Lal Vora were on Thursday granted bail in the land re-allotment case of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) by a CBI court in Panchkula, 10 km from here.

Hooda and Vora appeared in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court and got bail on a bond of Rs 5 lakh each.

The next date for hearing has been fixed at February 6.

Hooda was booked by the CBI on charges of cheating and corruption in re-allotment of land to AJL, which is headed by Vora, in Panchkula town.

Hooda, as Chief Minister (2005-14), was Chairman of the Haryana Urban Development Authority at the time of plot re-allotment.

Hooda and office-bearers of AJL — the promoters of The National Herald newspaper — were charged with illegal re-allotment of the plot to AJL in 2005.

AJL is linked to Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

The plot number C-17 in Sector 6 in Panchkula, measuring around 3,360 square metres, was re-allotted to AJL on June 29, 2005.

Earlier, in 1982, the plot had been allotted to the AJL but taken back in 1996 after the company failed to construct a building at the site.

Hooda had defended his decision saying that there was no wrongdoing in the re-allotment.

After re-allotment of the land, AJL completed the construction on the plot.