The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought an explanation from CBI on a petition filed by National Council for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Chairman Buta Singh accusing the probe agency of illegally summoning him for interrogation in an alleged bribery case involving his son.
Singh slammed the probe agency for issuing three notices asking him to appear before it on August 31 without taking mandatory sanction from the Centre.
He contended that he holds a post of cabinet rank minister and CBI cannot question him without taking sanction from the government.
"I have been issued three summons to appear before the agency on August 19, 24 and 31 without CBI 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 Singh, said.
Citing various judgements of the Supreme Court, Tulsi argued sanction is mandatory and the agency cannot neglect it while summoning.
Justice Geeta Mittal, after hearing his contention, issued a notice to CBI and directed it to file its response by Monday, the date on which Singh has been asked to appear before the agency.