Buta Singh to appear before CBI

Buta Singh to appear before CBI

Buta Singh to appear before CBI

 After refusing to be quizzed by Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the bribery case involving his son, Buta Singh, chairman for the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), on Monday told the Delhi High Court that he was ready to appear before the investigating agency.

Singh—who had struck a defiant note saying the Central Bureau of Investigation has no authority to question a constitutional functionary having powers of a civil court without Centre’s sanction—agreed to do so after the agency clarified that he is required as a witness and not as an accused in the bribery case.

He said that he would be available to the 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 of the matter and asked the agency to question him on the date given by him.

Buta Singh’s son was arrested on July 31 by the 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 commission headed by his father.

The High Court on August 26 sought response from the CBI on a petition filed by Singh, who had accused the probe agency of “illegally” summoning him.

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