Buta questioned by CBI for over 3 hours in bribery case

Last Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 22:33

New Delhi: After trying to stall for days
CBI questioning him, NCSC Chairman Buta Singh on Thursday recorded
his statement with the agency in connection with a corruption
case in which his son had been arrested.

A two-member CBI team arrived much ahead of Singh in his
office located multi-storey Lok Nayak Bhavan and waited for
the National Commission for Scheduled Caste Chairman, who had
earlier refused to appear before the probe agency.
Singh, who had challenged the CBI summoning him, was
questioned for over three hours by the team which is probing
the bribery case of Rs one crore involving his son Sarobjit
Singh alias Sweety, arrested by the agency.

CBI had arrested Singh`s son for having allegedly
promised a contractor to settle his case with the Scheduled
Caste Commission.

"Whatever information they sought, I have given," Singh
told reporters after meeting the two-member CBI team and
refused to divulge the nature of questions posed to him or
information sought from him.

Singh had earlier struck a defiant note saying CBI has no
authority to question a Constitutional functionary having
powers of a civil court and had filed a petition against the
CBI summon before the Delhi High Court.

However, the CBI had informed the court that Singh had
been summoned by the agency under Section 160 of Criminal
Procedure Code (calling for a witness) and the agency had
every right to call him.
The former Union Minister and former Governor had later
informed the Delhi High Court on August 31 that he would be
available for the CBI on September 10 only after it was
clarified that he is required as a witness and not as an
accused in the case.

Singh had been issued notice in the second week of August
asking him to appear before the agency on or before August 24
for recording his statement.

Instead of appearing before the CBI, Singh shot off a
letter to CBI Director Ashwani Kumar asking him to take action
against the official who had issued notice against him.

He had said the stature of the NCSC itself was that of a
civil court. "Consequently, the Chairman of the NCSC holds and
exercises the respective powers of civil court. Also, there is
a settled procedure in law and no police official or CBI
official can issue them direct letter, calling them to appear
before it."

His son Sarobjit was arrested on July 31 by CBI for
allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs one crore from a
Nashik-based contractor to close an atrocity case against him
pending before the Commission headed by his father. He is at
present out on bail.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 22:33

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