A special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Panchkula on Tuesday granted bail to former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in a case related to the alleged irregularities in Manesar land deals, a senior lawyer said.
Former chief minister Hooda appeared before the court of special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh.
"He was granted bail by the court," the former chief minister's counsel Arshdeep Singh Cheema said in Panchkula.
The court granted bail to Bhupinder Singh Hooda after accepting two surety bonds of Rs five lakh each, said Cheema. He has also been asked not to leave the country without seeking the permission of the court, Cheema added.
The next hearing in the case has been fixed for May 31, the lawyer said.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda had not appeared before the court during the last hearing on April 19 citing medical reasons. The Congress leader had stated he was admitted in AIIMS in Delhi.
Several Congress leaders including MLAs were present outside the Panchkula court complex today. They included former Haryana Vidhan Speaker and MLA Kuldeep Sharma, MLAs Raghuvir Singh Kadian, Anand Singh Dangi, Karan Dalal, Lalit Nagar and the former chief minister's son and MP Deepinder Hooda.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda and 33 others were charge sheeted by the CBI in a case of alleged corruption in Manesar land deals worth over Rs 1,500 crore, in which around 200 farmers were cheated.
The 33 persons against whom the charge sheet was filed included, former principal secretary Murari Lal Tayal, former additional principal secretary and former UPSC member Chattar Singh -- both retired IAS officers and former Director of Town and Country Planning Sudeep Singh Dhillon.
They were booked under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and cheating and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
It was alleged on August 27, 2004 and August 25, 2005, the Haryana government had issued separate notifications for the acquisition of 912 acres of land for setting up an industrial model township at Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula villages in Gurgaon. -- PTI