Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda who along with Congress President Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law Robert Vadra is under the scanner for the Gurugram land deal case on Tuesday denied that there was any kind of land scam in Haryana during his tenure.
Addressing a press conference in Rajasthan, Hooda said; "there has been no land scam under my rule in Haryana. In fact, I have not bought even an inch of land in Haryana in my working tenure. I got the land I have as a legacy from my father".
Earlier on Saturday, an FIR was registered against Hooda and Vadra at the Kherki Daula police station in Gurugram under charges of alleged irregularities in land deals in Gurugram.
Launching a scathing attack at the ruling BJP, Hooda said that it was a well-devised plan to name him. The government in Haryana is working with a vengeance, he added.
"Despite being Chief Minister of Haryana for 10 years, I did not indulge in vengeance against any party. However, it is clearly evident that BJP government is playing vendetta politics," he added.
He said although the M.L. Khattar government has formed a special commission to probe the land scam which is yet to submit its report, the BJP government has filed the FIR, he alleged.
This act symbolises how frustrated the government has become. It is taking such measures to divert people's attention from the Rafale jet deal, said Hooda.
Had there been a strong proof on the land scam, he and Vadra would not have been allowed to roam freely, he added.
He also questioned the Centre's silence on the questions being raised over the Rafale deal signed with France by the Narendra Modi government.
He demanded that the Centre should form a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe thoroughly the Rafale issue so that people can know the truth, he added.