Bhupinder Singh Hooda

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Bhupinder Singh Hooda
Bhupinder Singh Hooda in WEF, 2010.jpg
9th Chief Minister of Haryana
In office
5 March 2005 – 26 October 2014
Governor Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai
Jagannath Pahadia
Kaptan Singh Solanki
Preceded by Om Prakash Chautala
Succeeded by Manohar Lal Khattar
Personal details
Born (1947-09-15) 15 September 1947 (age 70)
Rohtak, East Punjab, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Asha Hooda
Children Two including Deepender

Bhupinder Singh Hooda (born 15 September 1947) is an Indian National Congress politician who served as the Chief Minister of Haryana from 2004 to 2014. When he began a second term in October 2009 after leading the Congress to an election victory, it was the first time since 1972 that a Haryana electorate returned a ruling party back to power. Hooda is also a Member of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana. In 2010, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh constituted the Working Group on Agriculture Production under Hooda's chairmanship to recommend strategies and action plan for increasing agricultural production and productivity, including long-term policies to ensure sustained agricultural growth.

Early life[edit]

Bhupinder Singh Hooda was born to Ranbir Singh Hooda and Har Devi Hooda at the Sanghi village in Rohtak district of Haryana.[1][2] His father Ranbir Singh Hooda was a renowned freedom fighter.[2]

He is an alumnus of Sainik School, Kunjpura, Karnal.[3] He did his B.A., LL.B. was educated at Punjab University, Chandigarh and the University of Delhi. He started his political career from Youth Congress.

Political career[edit]

Bhupinder Singh Hooda was elected as a Member of parliament from Rohtak Lok Sabha segment for four terms in 1991, 1996, 1998, 2004. He also remained the Leader of Opposition in Haryana's Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2004. He also served as the President of HPCC (Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee) from 1996 to 2001. In three consecutive Lok Sabha elections of 1991, 96 & 98, he defeated Ch. Devi Lal in electoral battles fought in the Jat heartland of Rohtak in Haryana. He attended international Conferences like World Youth Festival in USSR, World Parliamentary Conference in China, International Conference in USSR as a delegate of AICC and OISCA and International Conferences in Japan and South Korea.

He is also President, All India Young Farmers' Association, Haryana ; Ex-Member, Market Committee, Rohtak; Director, Bank of India, 1989–92; Secretary, Farmers' Parliamentary Forum, 1991 onwards; Founder-Member and Working President of All India Freedom Fighters' Successors' Organisation; Working President, National Federation Railway Porters, Vendors and Bearers. Elected as a President for the Khadi & Village Industries Commission Employees Union & Patron for the National Khadi & Village Industries Board's Employees Federation – an apex body of all State K&V.I Board's Employees Unions.

To encourage youngsters to pick up Olympic sports, Hooda announced a cash award of Rs 25 million for the state athletes who would win gold medal in any discipline at the London Games. Cash prize money of Rs 15 million and Rs 10 million for silver and bronze medal winners has also been announced.[4] Hooda has come under the scanner of the CBI for alleged misappropriation of funds and scams under the Modi government.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Hooda married Asha Dahiya in 1976. He has two children.Deepender Singh Hooda is the current MP of Rohtak and his daughter is married to Kunal Bhadu. He is also close to Surender Singh Dhillon aka sonu(23). He is from village Nehla(Fatehabad). He named Dhillon his 3rd son many times in Public.

Positions held[edit]

  • 1972 to 1977 - Block Congress Committee, Kiloi, Haryana.
  • 1980 to 87 – Senior Vice-president, Haryana Pradesh Youth Congress, Chairman of Panchayat Samiti Rohtak, Chairman of Panchayat Parishad of Haryana.
  • 1997 – Became the President of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee.
  • 2002 to 2004 – Leader of Opposition in Haryana Assembly.

Rohtak Lok Sabha

  • 1991 – Elected to 10th Lok Sabha (1st term) With A Margin Of 30,573 votes.
  • 1996 – Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (2nd term) With A Margin Of 2,664 votes.
  • 1998 – Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (3rd term) With A Margin Of 383 votes.
  • 2004 – Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (4th term) With a Margin Of 1,50,435 votes.

Haryana Vidhan Sabha

  • 1999 – Elected to 9th Haryana Vidhan Sabha from Garhi Sampla Kiloi with a margin of 11,958 votes. [54% vote share]
  • 2004 – Elected to 10th Haryana Vidhan Sabha from Garhi Sampla Kiloi with a record margin of 1,03,635 votes. [97% vote share]

On 5 March 2005 – Sworn in as Chief Minister of Haryana (1st term)

  • 2009 – Elected to 11th Haryana Vidhan Sabha from Garhi Sampla Kiloi with a margin of 72,100 votes. [80% vote share]

On 25 October 2009 – Sworn in as Chief Minister of Haryana. (2nd Term)

  • 2014 – Elected to 12th Haryana Vidhan Sabha from Garhi Sampla-Kiloi with a margin of 47,185 votes. [60% vote share]

Criticism and scam cases[edit]

There are six CBI cases and several other vigilance department investigations against Hooda underway.[6] Central Bureau of Investigation is investigating several scams, mostly related to illegal land grab, that took place during his rule in Haryana. These investigations include the Gurugram-Manesar IMT land scam, Robert Vadra DLF land grab scam, Gurugram Rajiv Gandhi Trust land grab scam, Sonepat-Kharkhoda IMT land scam case, Garhi Sampla Uddar Gagan land scam, Panchkula-HUDA Industrial plots allotment scam, AJL-National Herald Panchkula land grab scam, Haryana Forestry scam case and Haryana Raxil drug purchase scam. He has been already chargesheeted in the Manesar-Gurugram land scam, while other cases are still under investigation (c. March 2018).[7][6]

Gurugram-Manesar IMT land scam[edit]

This case pertains to causing a loss of INR1500 crore to farmers by illegally acquiring 400 acre land on throwaway prices. The CBI filed the chargesheet against former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, real estate companies, officials of department of town and country planning Haryana and bureaucrats who worked with Hooda in his office while he was Chief Minister of Haryana, for the Manesar Industrial Model Township land acquisition scam resulting in INR1500 crore (15 billion) to innocent farmers of Manesar and adjoining village in Gurugram district whose land was being at a low rate for "public purpose" but was later licensed to real estate companies after granting out of term favours and concessions. Private builders grabbed 400 acres of land from farmers at throwaway sales prices based on the threat of acquisition by the government. Once this land was bought by the builders, Hooda government released this land from the acquisition process in the favor of builders instead of the original owners. Market value of this 400-acre land was nearly INR4 crore per acre or total INR1600 crore, which was acquired by the builders at only INR100 crore, causing a loss of INR1500 crore to innocent farmer owners of Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula villages.[8]

One of the beneficiary of the scam was Hooda's nephew, Sukhwinder, whose company was given change of land use (CLU) permission for 52 acres land for INR57 lakh on the same day the government land acquisition process had lapsed for the want of release of funds, while at the same time CLU was denied to two other applicants [not related to Hooda].[9]

"The acquisition process was withdrawn with fraudulent intentions after the land was purchased by the private builders in active connivance with state functionaries. The builders and private entities were aware that the acquisition would not go through. The entire acquisition proceedings were initiated with mala fide intention, illegally and in violation of the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act. It was not a mere bonanza or a deal, but denoted quid pro quo."

Supreme Court of India cancelled this illegal acquisition and grant of land to the builders under a land acquisition process initiated by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government. Court directed the CBI to inquire it further and instructed the government to "recover every single pie". Court returned the land to Haryana government. Land would not be returned to the landholders more than the prevailing price. The builders will not be allowed to recover any money they paid to land owners as the deal was done to benefit them and "middlemen".[10]

On 17 September 2015, CBI had registered an FIR under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and under section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. After which the premier investigating agency of India, CBI, conducted searches on 24 places to uncover irregularities in the purchase of land from farmers. On 2 Feb 2018, Hooda was chargesheeted by the CBI in the court.[8]

Garhi Sampla Uddar Gagan land scam[edit]

Under the Garhi Sampla Uddar Gagan land scam, HUDA issued notification on 11 April 11, 2002 for acquiring 850.88 acres land for residential and commercial development in Sector 27-28 of Rohtak However, which was later reduced to acquire 441.11 acre on 8 April 2003. A private builder, Uddar Gagan Properties Limited, was granted license by Hooda' government to develop a colony across 280 acres of the released land [excluded from government acquisition], thus accruing illegal gains to private middlemen.[7] HUDA issued notification on 11 April 11, 2002 for acquiring 850.88 acres land for residential and commercial development in Sector 27-28 of Rohtak However, which was later reduced to acquire 441.11 acre on 8 April 2003. A private builder, Uddar Gagan Properties Limited, was granted license by Hooda' government to develop a colony across 280 acres of the released land [excluded from government acquisition], thus accruing illegal gains to private middlemen.[7]

"The officers of the state government, in their anxiety to help out builders, have completely overlooked the interest of landowners or of the general public to whom thousands of plots could have been allotted at a fairly low price through the aegis of HUDA"

Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), now known as Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran, notified acquisition of 850 acres in 2002, but it acquired only 441 acres April 2003, and remaining land was released to private builders for developing a colony.[11] Punjab and Haryana High Court in March 2013 and the Supreme Court in May 2016 had cancelled the government's decision to release land to the private colonizer and two senior officers in the office of the then CM Hooda were indicted for allegedly favouring the developers.[11] Subsequently, in 2018 the Government of Haryana referred the case to CBI to investigate the against Hooda and other.[6]

Sonepat-Kharkhoda Industrial Model Township land scam[edit]

This case is under-investigation. This scam pertains to acquisition of 700 acres of land in three villages near Kharkhoda in Sonepat district for the Industrial Model Township.[6] Punjab and Haryana High Court in March 2013 and the Supreme Court in May 2016 had cancelled the government's decision to release land to the private colonizer and two senior officers in the office of the then CM Hooda were indicted for allegedly favouring the developers.[11] Subsequently, in 2018 the Government of Haryana referred the case to CBI to investigate the case against Hooda and others.[6]

"The state's power of eminent domain was abused to force farmer-landowners to sell their lands to private colonizer. The licences became the basis subsequently to release land causing wrongful benefits to the private colonizer."

— Ashok Khemka, IAS, [11]

Ashok Khemka, a senior Indian Administrative Service officer in of Haryana known for exposing corruption and for cancelling the mutation of Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's illegal land deal in Gurgaon,[12][13][14] had written to Chief Minister and Chief Secretary of Haryana to seek the CBI investigation, with the findings that both Rohtak and Sonipat land scams were more blatant than the Manesar scam.[11] 885 acres were notified to be acquired in October 2005 for the industrial workers' housing colony in sectors 59 and 60 in Sonipat by Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) but later 300-acre land was illegally released for the housing project to a private colonizer.[11]

Panchkula-AJL land scam[edit]

AJL-National Herald Panchkula land grab scam against Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the Punjab and Haryana High Court filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) pertains to the role of Hooda who allegedly misused his position to cause wrongful gains to the AJL and corresponding loss to the Haryana government by illegally granting a government plot of land worth several crores rupees (billions) to AJL for INR 59 lakh (5.9 million) though AJL was not even legally entitled for the allotment. The allotment of same plot of land to AJL had been refused by the has been earlier regime in 1997. AJL waited for a suitable entity to come to power for getting a favourable allotment. Plot was originally allotted to AJL in 1982 but as per the rules ownership was restored to the government in 1992 due to non-construction by AJL within the mandatory period. AJL's applications to have the plot re-allotted were dismissed in 1995 and 1996. But when Hooda became CM in 2005, he re-allotment the plot to the AJL.[15]

"[Bhupinder Singh Hooda] misused his position and caused wrongful gains to the AJL and corresponding loss to the state exchequer."

In this AJL-National Herald Panchkula land grab scam, the Congress government gave the National Herald 3,500 square meters of plot number C-17 of Panchkula in Haryana in 1992 to publish a newspaper, but for ten years, there was no news published from here, hence as per the rules the land should have been returned to the government, but the ownership was illegally transferred to AJL/National Herald by Hooda government in 2013. This case and National Herald's possession of INR 2000 crores worth land are being currently investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (c. December 2017).[16]

A separate AJL owned National Herald scam case against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi is going on in the Supreme court, filed by Subramanian Swamy, for the alleged criminal misappropriation by both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in which the courts have determined that a prima face case has been established.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23] Associated Journals Limited is an unlisted public company limited by shares,[24] ownership of which was transferred to Young India in 2011.[25][26] AJL published the National Herald newspaper and also owns real estate worth at 50 billion (US$750 million) in various cities including New Delhi, Lucknow, Bhopal, Mumbai, Indore, Patna and Panchkula.[27]

Panchkula-HUDA plots allotment scam[edit]

The Panchkula plot scam, pertaining to illegal allotment of 14 industrial plots in Panchkula district by HUDA,[7][11] of which Bhupinder Singh Hooda was then de facto chairman, is an under investigation case by the CBI against Hooda, retired IAS officer DPS Nagal—the then chief administrator of HUDA, S C Kansal—then controller of finance, and B B Taneja—then deputy superintendent of HUDA.[28]

"Yes, he [Hooda] is being examined."

— R K Gaur, CBI spokesperson, [11]

In December 2015, Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar ordered a State Vigilance Bureau inquiry and subsequently case was transferred to the CBI. CBI has registered the FIR, according to which orders for the allotment were issued from chief minister Hooda's office to allot 14 plots at throwaway price by making changes in the eligibility criteria midway to manipulate provisions of allotment including allowing beneficiaries of the scam to submit their applications on 23 January 2012 after the expiry of the original submission date on 6 January 2012, thus resulting in loss of several crore rupees to the government.[11]

Raxil drug purchase scam[edit]

This scam is a case under investigation by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and CBI for the illegal purchase of Raxil pesticide which resulted in INR80 crore (800 million) loss to the government.[29][7][30] This scam, initially exposed by Ashok Khemka,[31][29] is also pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.[31][29]

Raxil, manufactured by Bayer, is used to treat the seeds for Karnal bunt.[29] Hooda government had purchased Raxil worth INR 100 crore for the treatment of seeds to be distributed to the farmers.[29] Raxil, which is not registered with the Pesticide Management Board and costs INR1350 per kg, was preferred over the generic brands which cost only INR300 per kg. In spite of this, Raxil was the sole drug recommended by the Hooda administration.[29] As a result, there is a High Court case underway for causing the loss to government for preferring only one drug, that too an unregistered and expensive drug, over other drugs.[29] Use of Raxil was discontinued by the new BJP government, case was referred to Parliamentary Standing committee, CVC and High Court,[29] as well as to CBI.[7][30]

Robert Vadra DLF land grab scam[edit]

This scam is a case related to 50-acre land grab in 2013 in Amipur village of Haryana during the Congress' Hooda government, for which Vadra, Hooda and DLF are being investigated by the CBI (c. December 2017).[16]

Gurugram Rajiv Gandhi Trust land grab scam[edit]

This scam between 2004-2014, then Government of Haryana administration of Indian National Congress's Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had handed over 1,400 acres of panchayat land to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust in the name of public interest use, resulting in this trust being sued by the gram panchayat in Punjab and Haryana High Court against the land grabbing of the Gandhi family by the Hooda government.[16] Then Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. who also held the charge of Panchayat department at that time,[32] had approved the grant of 5.3 acre panchayat land to Rajiv Gandhi Trust for 33 years at a rate of Rs 3 lakh per acre in January 2010, trust applied for the change of land use on 3 December 2010, which was approved on the same day.[33][32]

After Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in 2013 had blamed the Hooda government for bending the rules to lease Ulhawas gram panchayat land to Rajiv Gandhi the trust in violation of rules, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had questioned Hood government for not handing case over to CBI. Hooda government in turn challenged the High Court decision of CBI inquiry in the Supreme Court. Supreme Court questioned Haryana's new government of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to explain why the case not be handed over to CBI for inquiry. Subsequently, Haryana government handed this case over to CBI.[33] New government of Haryana, has also initiated the process to recover this land from the trust.[32]

Haryana Forestry scam case[edit]

This is a multi-crore fake plantation scam allegedly involving Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kiran Chaudhary and others where government money was embezzled.[34] In 2009, this scam was exposed by the whistleblower, Sanjiv Chaturvedi,[35] an Indian Forest Service officer with then Government of Haryana, who filed a case in September 2012 to seek Supreme Court's instructions to CBI to investigate the case.[34] Earlier, Haryana Government had suspended him in 2007 for acting against illegal felling of trees and poaching in Saraswati Wildlife Sanctuary, but his suspension was revoked by the President in 2008 and chargesheet was overturned in 2011 on an appeal against the decision of Haryana government.[34] An inquiry committee of the Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) found Chaturvedi's allegations against Haryana government true, preferred an inquiry by Central Vigilance Commission and by CBI into dubious role of certain highly placed politicians and civil servants.[34][35] CBI, in its reply to CVC, found Chaturvedi's allegations against then Haryana Government creditable enough for an independent inquiry.[34] As per the rules, CBI can not undertake suo motu investigation, only state government, high court or supreme court can ask CBI for it.[34]

"The matter was examined and the commission sought the opinion of the CBI on the same. The CBI has now confirmed that the issues raised by Sanjiv Chaturvedi are worthy of an independent probe. The CBI can take up the probe of such matters when notifications are issued u/ s 5& 6 of DSPE Act, 1946 by both the central and state governments"

— Lila Chandran, Deputy Secretary of Central Vigilance Commission

Haryana government rejected MoEF's request in 2012 to initiate a CBI inquiry against the forestry scam.[34] Instead Haryana Government issued another chargesheet against Chaturvedi in August 2012, which too was overturned by the President of India.[34] Haryana administration filed a counter case in the High Court to seek cancellation of the presidential order favoring Chaturvedi and also against the formation of MoEF's earlier inquiry committee on this scam on the basis of ultra vires (beyond the powers of President and MoEF).[34] Chaturvedi filed a case in the Supreme Court in September 2012 asking for the CBI inquiry against this scam, where it is still pending (c. March 2018).[34]

References[edit]

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  26. ^ Full text: Sonia, Rahul accused of grabbing Rs 1,600 cr property, Firstpost, 1 November 2012 
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  28. ^ CBI questions Hooda in Panchkula land allotment scam, Times of India, 8 March 2017.
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  30. ^ a b Haryana CM ML Khattar interview: ‘We have specific places for cow, Gita, Saraswati. It is the faith of this region’, Indian Express, 17 Oct 2015.
  31. ^ a b After the formation of Khattar government, it is being tightened, Hooda screws up, many cases registered, Original text in Hindi, Amar Ujala, 9 May 2017, page: click "Read Ahead" at the bottom of article.
  32. ^ a b c Haryana moves to recover land from Rajiv Gandhi Trust, Financial Express, 15 June 2017.
  33. ^ a b Leasing of land to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust to come under CBI. Economic Times, 2 Nov 2017.
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Preceded by
Om Prakash Chautala
Chief Minister of Haryana
5 March 2005 – 26 October 2014
Succeeded by
Manohar Lal Khattar