In a letter to the CBI, Desh Bandhu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police rank officer who was in charge of Bhupinder Singh Hooda's security, has expressed his willingness to be a witness in an alleged scam in which farmers were allegedly cheated.

Earlier on September 3, the CBI had carried out searches at the residences of Hooda and a sitting UPSC member along with 18 other locations in a case of alleged irregularities in acquisition of land in Gurgaon.

CBI sources had said besides Hooda's residence, premises of the then principal secretary ML Tayal, UPSC member Chattar Singh, both former IAS officers, and a serving IAS SS Dhillon were also searched by the team.

"In an ongoing investigation, CBI carried out searches at 20 locations in Rohtak, Gurgaon, Panchkula and Delhi in connection with alleged irregularities in the purchase of land from farmers in Gurgaon," CBI Spokesperson RK Gaur said.

The agency had registered the case last year in September on allegations that private builders in conspiracy with unknown public servants of Haryana Government had purchased around 400 acres of land from farmers and land owners of village Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula, District Gurgaon at throw away prices, showing the threat of acquisition by the government, during the period August 27, 2004 to August 24, 2007.

(With agency inputs)

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