DSP Deshbandhu, who was in charge of security at the residence of former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda from 2005 to 2014, has informed the CBI in writing that he is willing to testify in the Manesar land scam investigations.
In his letter, Deshbandhu has reportedly said: “I kept a close watch on activities at the CM residence…If the CBI wants, I am willing to be a witness and testify without fear. I know a lot about him (Hooda).” He is said to have said that “If and when CBI calls me, I will give them all information I have.”
According to media reports, Hooda refuted all allegations relating to the Manesar land deal and described them as vendetta politics of the BJP government in Haryana. He added he wasn’t even aware of the officers deputed at his residence for security.
The DSP, currently posted at Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited at Panchkula, said he had written the letter last Saturday when the CBI conducted raids at the several locations.
On September 3, the CBI carried out searches at several locations, including the residences of Hooda in Rohtak, in the case of alleged irregularities in acquisition of land in Manesar in Gurgaon, in which farmers were cheated to the tune of Rs. 1,500 crore.