Buta Singh alleges victimisation

The Enforcement Directorate investigates hawala link in the bribery case

Buta Singh alleges victimisation


 Firmly ruling out his resignation, Buta Singh, who is the Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), said he has “briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the facts. He has responded positively and sought more details,” he said without revealing how the matter was communicated to the Prime Minister.

“I am also seeking an appointment to meet him and explain my position,” Singh, who has been expelled from the Congress, told reporters here. Accusing the CBI of “framing” him, Singh said he will not resign from his post.

“I will not resign. The CBI is not working as an investigating agency and targeting me at the behest of some people. The CBI is framing me. Arresting my son in a false case is in fact aimed at targeting me politically. The CBI used my son to target me,” he alleged, claiming, “I am being victimised.” Asked whether he is ready to face questioning by the CBI, he said: “I am ready to answer all charges. I will fully cooperate if proper procedures are followed.”

When asked whether he would meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the issue, he said: “I am competent to defend myself. Why should I trouble others.”

The CBI arrested Singh’s son Sarobjit on Friday in Mumbai on the charge of demanding a bribe of Rs 1 crore from a Nashik-based contractor to close a case pending before the commission against him.

 Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has been roped in to help investigations of the bribery case and trace an alleged hawala dealer and accused in the case, Dhuksingh Chauhan. “We have sought help from the 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. 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.

Three others—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 the possibility of questioning Buta Singh, in connection with the case. “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 the Jangpura area in south Delhi and recovered three unlicensed fire arms and some live cartridges. The 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.

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