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High Court seeks CBI's response on Buta Singh's petition

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Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Buta Singh. Photo: PTI
Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Buta Singh. Photo: PTI

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought response from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a petition filed by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman Buta Singh on Tuesday, accusing the probe agency of illegally summoning him for interrogation in an alleged bribery case involving his son Sorabjit Singh.

Buta Singh, a former Bihar Governor, contended that he holds a post of Cabinet rank and the CBI cannot question or interrogate him without taking sanction from the Centre.

"I have been issued three summonses to appear before the agency on August 19, 24 and 31 without taking mandatory sanction from the Centre. I hold a cabinet rank post and the agency cannot summon me without taking permission from the government", senior advocate K.T.S. Tulsi, appearing for Mr. Singh, said.

Justice Geeta Mittal, after hearing his contention, issued notice to the CBI and directed it to file its response by Monday, the date on which Mr. Singh has been asked to appear before the agency.

Advocate Harish Gulati, appearing for the CBI, accepted the notice and said he would take instructions from the agency on whether sanction was taken or not before summoning Mr. Singh.

“Issuing notice by the CBI is violative of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act which says that government sanction is required to interrogate a public servant above the rank of Deputy Secretary,” Mr. Singh said in his petition.

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

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