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CBI to issue fresh notice to Buta: Sources

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 22:19

New Delhi: The CBI will issue fresh notice
to National Commission for Scheduled Caste Chairman Buta Singh
for recording his statement in connection with the Rs one
crore bribery scandal allegedly involving his son Sarabjot

Sources in CBI have said that action has been initiated
after Singh refused to appear for questioning on earlier
summons citing his constitutional position and raising legal

When contacted, CBI spokesperson refused to comment on
the fresh notice but said, "under section 160 of CrPC, a
summons was issued to Buta Singh. He was summoned as a witness
and not as an accused. He has raised some legal queries which
are being examined by our legal department."

Singh was asked to appear before the CBI for questioning
on or before August 24 but refused to appear before the agency
saying that CBI did not have a "mandate of law" for
questioning him as he was holding a constitutional position.

"Incidentally, this act of summoning 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 CBI officials," he said in a letter to
CBI Director, Ashwani Kumar.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 22:19
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