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Buta agrees to appear before CBI in bribery case

August 31, 2009 16:24 IST
Buta Singh, chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes, on Monday informed the Delhi High Court about his willingness to be questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the bribery case involving his son.

Singh, a former Bihar Governor, agreed to do so after CBI clarified that he is required to be questioned as a witness and not as an accused in the bribery case.

He said that he would be available to CBI on September 10 at 11 am at his office and the probe agency officials can come and question him. Justice Geeta Mittal, after recording the statement given by Singh's counsel, disposed the matter and asked the investigating agency to question Buta Singh on the date given by him

The high court had on August 26 sought response from the CBI on a petition filed by Singh, who had accused the probe agency of illegally summoning him for interrogation in an alleged bribery case.

Singh had contended that he holds a post of Cabinet rank and the CBI cannot question or interrogate him without taking sanction from the Centre. He had on August 25 approached the Delhi High Court challenging CBI's notice to appear before it in connection with a case of alleged bribery against his son Sarobjit Singh.

Buta Singh's son was arrested on July 31 by CBI for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 1 crore from a Nashik- based contractor to close an atrocity case against him pending before the Scheduled Caste Commission headed by his father.

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