NEW DELHI: : In a Gurgaon land grab and money laundering case worth over Rs 1,500 crore, the ED on Tuesday attached properties worth over Rs 281 crore. The total attachment in the case, in which former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda is one of the accused, has crossed Rs 390 crore.
Three chargesheets have also been filed in the case so far. The land scam in Manesar, Gurgaon is related to an acquisition order issued by the Haryana government in 2005 when Hooda was CM. The notification was issued for acquisition of 912 acres for setting up a model industrial township in Manesar and villages in Gurgaon. “A large number of land owners, in haste, had to sell about 400 acres at throwaway price to private builders and thereby caused a wrongful loss of Rs 1,500 crore to the land owners,” an ED official said. It claimed the land was later “freed from compulsory acquisition by the state government as a result of conspiracy by politicians, bureaucrats and private builders”.
A prosecution complaint (chargesheet) and two supplementary chargesheets have already been filed by the agency. Most of the land was purchased by companies controlled by Atul Bansal, according to ED. In the fresh order, ED has attached Bansal’s stakes in Dove Infrastructure Pvt Ltd worth Rs 109 crore; Business Bay Project of Seriatim Land &Housing Pvt Ltd worth Rs 78 crore; flats and FDR; Rs 25.53 crore refunds from HSIIDC and 20 acres and 20 flats in Frontier Home Developers worth about Rs 52 crore.