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Posted on Nov 23, 04:57PM | UNI
Sacked chairman of Uttarakhand Minorities Commission, Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, today admitted that he was a witness to the liquor baron Ponty Chadha shootout and had taken Ponty to hospital.
Addressing media at his home in Bajpur in Udham Singh Nagar for the first time after the Ponty shootout, Mr Namdhari denied reports that he was "absconding", had gone incommunicado and was a "history-sheeter. .
"Truth shall prevail and I would come out clean," said the former state minority Commission chief, who has recently been removed from his post by Congress-led state government on the plea that 14 criminal cases were registered against him, two of heinous nature.
On a query regarding the Delhi Police reaching his house today and looking into documents relating to arms, financial and other contacts, Mr Namdhari asserted that he had been informed by the Delhi police and he was fully cooperating with investigations in the case.
"I was the one who reported the matter in the shootout and took Ponty to hospital. Why whould I hide? Both my mobile phones were on except at night, " he said.
He said whatever took place was between the two brothers and he was at the site only as a close friend of Ponty and had no role whatsoever in the shootout tragedy.
He also clarified that he had his separate businesses and had no business partnership or links with the slain liquor baron.