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Manesar land deal case: CBI court declares Gurugram-based realtor as proclaimed offender

PANCHKULA: The Panchkula CBI courtroom on Wednesday declared Atul Bansal, who's promoter of a Gurugram-based real estate company, as proclaimed offender (PO), within the Manesar land deal case.

Earlier, the courtroom had issued warrants towards the accused as he had failed to turn up earlier than the courtroom, however on Wednesday special CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh declared Bansal as proclaimed offender.

The CBI, on February 2, had filed a chargesheet running into 80,000 pages towards 34 persons, including former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former Union Public Service Commission member Chhatar Singh, former major secretaries Tayal and SS Dhillon and Bansal.

The CBI claimed that the government had issued notifications under the Land Acquisition Act for obtaining 912 acres in Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula villages in Gurugram district for an industrial type township.

Threatening farmers with acquisition, non-public builders, in connivance with public servants, reportedly purchased about 350 acres at throwaway charges of between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 25 lakh in line with acre.

The land, valued at more than Rs 1,600 crore, used to be allegedly purchased for Rs 100 crore. The CBI had submitted that this land used to be launched in violation of the government coverage in favour of the builders, their corporations and agents instead of original land homeowners.

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