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CBI files chargesheet against Buta's son, three others

PTI  Mumbai, January 13, 2010
First Published: 21:14 IST(13/1/2010) | Last Updated: 21:48 IST(13/1/2010)

CBI on Wednesday filed a chargesheet against Sarabjot Singh, son of National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman Buta Singh, and three others in a case of alleged corruption.

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The 31-page chargesheet was filed against Sarabjot alias Sweety, Anup Begi, Madan Solanki and Dhoop Singh Chauhan in a designated CBI court in Mumbai, official sources said.

While Sarabjot and Begi have been booked for corruption and hatching the criminal conspiracy, the two others face charges under money laundering act for being allegedly involved in Hawala racket, they said.

However, there was no mention of the statement of Buta Singh in the chargesheet for which the agency had fought a prolonged legal battle to record his statement. The sources said that they were not relying on his statement.

Buta had moved the Delhi High Court challenging CBI's move to question him but withdrew the petition later when the agency informed that he was being summoned only as a witness.

Sarabjot was arrested on July 31 last year for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs. one crore from Nashik-based contractor Ramrao Patil for closing a case pending against him before the Scheduled Castes panel headed by his father.

Though Solanki and Chauhan have been named as accused in the case, they can later turn approver if the court allows, the sources said.

The chargesheet includes telephonic interceptions involving Sarabjot, Patil and other accused bargaining for the bribe amount.


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