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ED investigates hawala link in Sarobjit Singh bribery case

Last Updated: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 18:22

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate has been
roped in to help investigations of a bribery case involving
National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
Chairman Buta Singh`s son Sarobjit Singh and trace an alleged
hawala dealer and accused in the case, Dhuksingh Chauhan.

"We have sought help from ED to throw more light on this
as Chauhan is an old hawala operator and further probe from
our side is on," CBI Joint Director Rishiraj Singh said to a news agency.

Chauhan was arrested under the Conservation of Foreign
Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities (COFEPOSA) Act
and spent over a year in jail between 1995 and 2000, he said.

Singh said a team of CBI is in Bangalore searching for
the third alleged hawala operator Shamalal Chaudhari who was
to receive the money from Chuahan and transfer it to Delhi to
Sarobjit alias Sweety Singh.

CBI arrested 40-year-old Sarobjit on July 31 for
allegedly demanding a Rs one crore bribe from a Nasik-based
contractor Ramarao Patil to close a case against him.

Three others including Anu Begi, the middleman and two
hawala operators, who were said to be working for Sarobjit,
were also arrested.

CBI Director Ashwani Kumar has indicated about the
possibility of questioning Buta Singh, in connection with the
case involving his son.

"If necessary, we will. If there is a requirement, we
will go as per procedure. No decision has been taken on it
yet. We will go by the law," Kumar said.

The CBI also conducted searches at Sarobjit`s house in
Jangpura area in south Delhi and recovered three unlicensed
fire arms and some live cartridges.

Delhi Police have registered a case under the Arms Act
against Sarobjit in this regard.

Sarobjit has been remanded in CBI custody till August 5.
His father, Buta Singh, has already made it clear that
there was no question of his resigning as chairman of the
Commission and claimed that his son could have "confessed
under pressure".

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 18:22

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