Hooda says nothing wrong in Admiral Mehta`s reported statement

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said there was nothing wrong in the former chief of Naval Staff.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2010, 20:38 PM IST

Chandigarh: Haryana chief minister
Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday said there was nothing wrong in
the former chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Suresh Mehta`s
reported remark congratulating him for poll victory while
prefacing his request to him for out-of-turn allotment of plot
in the state last year.

"There was nothing wrong in it...You (media) will also
praise, has he (Admiral Mehta)done something wrong..these are
basic courtesies," Hooda said when asked if he thought it was
appropriate for then Admiral to have made the congratulatory
remarks.

Five days back, a leading English daily had reported
that the Admiral, besides sending the "congratulating" message
in the letter, sought a plot in any urban estate, preferably
in Sector 23, Gurgaon or a nearby sector, from the state
government.

Former Army Chief, General Deepak Kapoor, too had been
alloted a plot under the state government`s preferential
scheme.

"It is clear in the laid down rules that this
(preferential policy) is not for everyone and only for those
of Haryana domicile who have excelled in their fields," Hooda
told reporters in response to a question at a press
conference here.

Meanwhile, when asked to comment on a report appearing
in another national daily today highlighting plight of Indian
Forest Service (IFS) officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, Hooda said he
was not aware about it.

PTI