Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has been summoned for questioning by a retired judge investigating controversial land deals involving several companies including that of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.
Mr Hooda has been asked to record his statement on Monday by Justice SN Dhingra on the allotment of land for commercial use in Gurgaon near Delhi.
The former chief minister, who headed the Congress government in Haryana for 10 years, is accused of facilitating illegal land allotments that led to windfall gains for Mr Vadra, 47, who is married to Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka.
Mr Hooda headed the Department of Town and Country Planning that allotted a licence for commercial use of the Gurgaon land to Mr Vadra’s company Skylight Hospitality.
The land was sold to real estate giant DLF in 2012. The BJP alleges that the Congress allowed Mr Vadra to circumvent rules and sell the land at a huge profit though nothing went to the government.
The BJP government appointed the inquiry commission last year.
Mr Vadra has alleged that he is being subjected to a “political witch-hunt” and used as a “political tool” by the BJP.