It`s upto govt whether Buta continues or not: Cong

Last Updated: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 20:04

New Delhi: Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes Buta Singh could be heading for trouble with Congress saying it was for the government to decide on his continuance as head of the Commission after CBI arrested his son Sarobjit Singh in an alleged corruption case.
The party also washed its hands off Singh saying he was
expelled long back despite the NCSC Chairman today stressing
that his association with Congress was a long one.

"Law will take its own course and it is for the
government to look into it," AICC media department in-charge
Janardan Dwivedi said when asked whether Singh should continue
as the NCSC Chairman.

Dwivedi said Singh was no longer a Congressman as he was
"expelled" during the Lok Sabha election after he contested as
a rebel candidate from Rajasthan.

Meanwhile, Singh said he would seek an appointment with
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to explain his position in the
matter.

Although repeatedly ruling out the possibility of his
resigning as the NCSC Chairman`s post after his son`s arrest
in the case, Singh indicated that he may think over the matter
if any indication comes from Congress.

"I have not committed any wrong. Hence, the question of
resigning does not arise. But I have also been connected with
a party for long. I will see, whether any indication comes
from there."

Asked whether he still considers himself a Congress
man after contesting the last Lok Sabha election as a rebel,
Buta Singh said, "Only I know the circumstances in which I had
to contest as a rebel candidate...I have been connected with
Congress for long."

CBI arrested Sarobjit today morning for allegedly
demanding bribe of Rs one crore from a Nasik-based contractor
to close a case registered against him. A case against the
businessman is pending before the Commission.

According to the complainant, Sarobjit had demanded a sum
of Rs one crore from him to close the case registered against
him under the SC/ST Act.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 20:04

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