Buta slams CBI for summons; refuses to appear
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 00:12
New Delhi: Refusing to appear before the CBI in connection with a corruption case involving his son, Buta Singh has made it clear that the agency had no mandate to summon him as he was a Constitutional functionary having powers of a civil court.

In a two page letter to CBI Director Ashwani Kumar, Singh, Chairman of the National Commission for Schedule Caste (NCSC), questioned the CBI summoning a constitutional functionary "without following the mandate of law".

He 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."

Singh was asked to appear before the agency on or before today but he did not turn up. His son Sarabjot Singh was arrested by the CBI on July 31 for allegedly taking bribe of Rs one crore from a Nashik-based contractor to settle his case before the NCSC.

"Incidentally, this act of summoning the constitutional authorities without following the mandate of law has been given undue publicity in media also by the concerned CBI officials and the same is not only derogatory but reflects the arrogance on part of those CBI officials."

The NCSC chairman said in his letter that CBI officials who are summoning him "have not cited" the provisions of law under which they are calling a constitutional functionary for questioning.

"Most astonishing, as it can be observed in the annexed letter, is that the officials of CBI who are causing the issuance of the said letter are conscious of the fact that they are asking the Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Caste to appear before them, under their own signatures and without citing the provisions of the law under which, they derive such power," he wrote.

Singh demanded action against the officers who have given the publicity to the issue by leaking the news of summoning him to the media.

"Since the letter which has been received in the office of the Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Caste, and had been addressed to him in his official capacity had been given undue, unwarranted and unprecedented publicity in the media by the officials themselves, it would be imperative that swift and immediate action on such violation of law should be taken against erring officials," the letter read.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 00:12

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