A day after Congress termed him as a constitutional functionary rather than a party functionary, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) chairman Buta Singh said he was capable of defending his case and does not need support from the party.
Describing himself a saviour of Dalits on Tuesday, Singh claimed he has served the community throughout his life and threatened that he would “give up his life if asked to resign”.
“I do not think I need support of party (Congress) to defend my case. I am capable of it (defending) because I am with the truth,” he said.
The CBI arrested Singh’s son on Friday in Mumbai for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs. one crore from a Nashik-based contractor to close a case pending before the Comm-ission against him.
“I have saved lives of poor Dalits...I will not leave the work I have done ...And for this if anyone ask me to resign, I will not resign, I will give up my life,” he added.
To a question whether he met Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Singh said, “Why do you ask me such questions? Why should I meet anyone in this matter? Should I beg? I am working that is also known.”
More trouble for Buta Jr
In further trouble for Buta Singh’s son Sarobjit, the Delhi Police on Tuesday said it has no records about the three firearms recovered from the residence of the accused.
“We are not able to trace in our records anything about the firearms recovered,” Delhi Police Commissioner YS Dadwal told reporters in New Delhi.
A senior police official said even if someone had a license for a firearm from one state and if he takes it to another place, he has to get endorsement from police in the concerned place.