Chandigarh: Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday termed the CBI searches at his residences and other places as "political vendetta" unleashed by the BJP government against its opponents.
The senior Congress leader said the CBI searches "were not a court verdict against him" and that he will present his side of the story at an appropriate platform.
"Let the government conduct investigations to its full satisfaction. I will fully cooperate in the investigations and not create any obstacle so that truth comes out before the people soon," the two-time former CM said in a statement here.
Hitting out at the BJP-led Haryana government, Hooda said, "To cover its failures, they are adopting tactics to divert people's attention by trying to defame the Congress leadership."
"If Congress has seen good days, it has also passed through difficult days, but the party even in difficult days has bravely faced conspiracy of its opponents," he said.
"BJP should understand this. They cannot browbeat me and keep me down with such actions," the Congress leader added.
CBI on Saturday carried out searches at 20 locations including the residences of the former Haryana chief minister and a sitting UPSC member in a case of alleged irregularities in acquisition of land in Gurgaon in which farmers were cheated to the tune of Rs 1,500 crore.