A chargesheet, running into 80,000 pages, against 34 persons was filed by Central Bureau of Investigation today.
It included former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former Union Public Service Commission member Chhatar Singh, former Principal Secretaries Murari Lal Tayal and SS Dhillon, promoter of Gurgaon-based real estate company ABW Builders Atul Bansal and 29 builders and companies, in the Manesar land deal case.
They face charges under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) and 471 (using forged document or electronic record) of the IPC and Sections 13 (1)(2) read with 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The farmers were threatened with the acquisition process, private builders, in connivance with public servants, including important functionaries, purchased about 350 acres from farmers of these three villages at peanut value rates of Rs 20-25 lakh (approximately) per acre.
According to the chargesheet, land measuring more than 400 acres, then valued at more than Rs 4 crore (approx) per acre, totalling about Rs 1,600 crore (approx), was allegedly purchased by builders from gullible landowners for Rs 100 crore (approx), causing them a loss of more than Rs 1,500 crore.