CBI to issue fresh notice to Buta: Sources



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 Singh.

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 issues.

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