The Nashik police team which had come to Mumbai to take custody of Ram Rao Patil, complainant in Congress leader Buta Singh’s son Sarabjot’s case, left empty-handed on Tuesday with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) saying it still needed to record his statement in the Rs.
1 crore bribery case.
The CBI wants to record his statement before a magistrate.
Patil, a Nashik-based municipal contractor, had complained to CBI that Sarabjot had demanded a Rs. 1 crore bribe from him to settle a case registered against him under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The case was registered on the instructions of Buta Singh, who heads the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.
Following the complaint, the CBI arrested Sarabjot, who allegedly got the bribe collected through three persons, including two hawala operators.
Patil was booked by Nashik police for cheating 103 backward class workers to the tune of Rs. 10 crore. He had taken signatures of these workers on blank papers and obtained loans in their names without their consent, in 2004.
Nashik Commissioner of Police VD Mishra confirmed his team returned from Mumbai on Tuesday.
Mishra said the CBI was still inquiring into the bribery case.
“When the CBI completes its inquiry, we will send a team to Mumbai to get Patil,” he added.
In another development, the CBI has got five written complaints against Sarabjot which contain allegations similar to the ones Patil has made. Though the CBI has not registered separate cases on the basis of these complaints, they are likely to use the same to buttress their point in this case.