Buta slams CBI for summons; refuses to appear

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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