Haryana Vigilance Department books 5 former legislators in graft cases

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Haryana State Vigilance department has booked five former legislators under the Prevention of Corruption Act in two-year-old graft case pertaining to change of land use (CLU) permissions. Haryana Lokayukta had recommended for registration of FIRs against the legislators.

The action came four days after the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the orders of single judge, refraining the Haryana government from registering the cases against five former Congress MLAs, the Haryana.

The five MLAs figured in sting operation, the CDs of which were submitted by INLD leaders with a complaint to Haryana Lokayukta, Justice Pritam Pal (Retd.).

The complainants, INLD leaders Abhay Chautala and state president Ashok Arora had claimed that state minister, Rao Narender Singh, a former chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Vinod Bhayana in the previous Congress regime headed by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and two former Congress MLAs Naresh Selwal and Jarnail Singh had sought huge money for change of land use (CLUs).

Another former Congress MLA, Ram Niwas Ghorela was accused of seeking money to get funds cleared for a non-governmental organisation (NGO) for opening schools under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

On December 16, the Lokayukta had recommended for registration of an FIR against the five after an initial probe.

The Lokayukta order in this regard was challenged before Punjab and Haryana High Court where a single judge had stayed the operation of the order. The state government had then filed an appeal where a division bench had stayed the orders of single bench and removing the legal hurdle in registration of cases.

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