Buta Singh says he is being victimized along with his son

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New Delhi, Aug 2 (ANI): Chairman of the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, Buta Singh, on Sunday said that he is being victimised by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Addressing a press conference here, Buta Singh said, "This is a political conspiracy done by a party. Me and my son are being victimised and I am being attacked. The CBI instead of investigating the case is preparing witnesses against me and my son. I won't name any party or element, but this is definitely a political conspiracy against me."

Amidst indications that he might be questioned by CBI, Buta Singh said he ready to answer all questions if interrogated by the agency.

"I am ready to be questioned by the CBI if proper procedure is followed," he said. he former Union Minister said he has already briefed Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh about the case.

"I have briefed the Prime Minister and he asked me to send the facts. I will send it across to him and he has so far responded positively."

Buta Singh, who will send facts on Monday, went on to say that he has full support from Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.

Sources said that Buta Singh's son, Sarabjot Singh, had told the CBI after his arrest, that he had informed his father about settling the complaint against Nashik civic works contractor Ram Rao Patil, that had been lodged with the National Commission for Scheduled castes.

The CBI has said that they need constitutional sanction to question Buta Singh, and once that is given, they plan to invoke Section 7 and 9 of the Prevention against Corruption Act (PCI) against the former minister.

Sarabjot was arrested on July 31 along with Anup Kumar Begi, Madan Singh Solanki and Dhukh Singh Chauhan for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs one crore from Patil to close a case registered against him under the SC/ST Act. (ANI)

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