[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]F[/dropcap]urther tightening the screws in the National Herald case, Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy filed application on Saturday for summoning former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda citing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate(ED) First Information Report (FIR)s in the Panchkula land allotment scam. Swamy’s petition was vehemently objected to by the Congress leaders’s lawyers alleging the he was purposefully widening the case and creating mischief.
The lawyers representing Congress leaders led by R S Cheema objected to Swamy’s application. They said every time Swamy is coming with new dimensions and that the Panchkula scam has nothing to do with the main National Herald case.
Arguing before the Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen, Swamy said his case against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi also details the land scam in Panchkula and he is proved right that government agencies have now registered an FIR on the matter. He said Hooda and accused Motilal Vora were recently questioned by the CBI and the role of Hooda has to be ascertained in his case also. Apart from Hooda, Swamy also demanded bureaucrats S S Dhillon, Vineet Garg and Shakuntala Jakhu be summoned as witness. These IAS officers were named in the FIR of CBI for conniving with Hooda and Assoicated Journal in 2005 during their tenure in Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
The lawyers representing Congress leaders led by R S Cheema objected to Swamy’s application. They said every time Swamy is coming with new dimensions and that the Panchkula scam has nothing to do with the main National Herald case. Swamy’s idea is to widen the case and try to create more problems to his political opponents, said Cheema.
Countering the Congress lawyers, Swamy said that his petition is about the land grabbing of lands allotted to National Herald newspaper in Delhi, Panchkula, Mumbai, Indore, Lucknow and Bhopal by main accused Sonia and Rahul. “Now the state agencies also found the irregularities and these persons are also part of the land grabbing,” he said. The case was adjourned to May 15 for further arguments.
After the hearing, Swamy Tweeted: https://twitter.com/Swamy39/status/855712526331387904.
This is a strategic move by Swamy and the CBI and ED cases would strengthen his case. The Government’s action and registering FIR has proved Swamy’s main allegation of land grabbing in the name of newspaper business by Congress leadership.