The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will file the charge sheet in the Rs 1 crore bribery case involving former union home minister Buta Singh’s son Sarabjot next week.
Buta Singh is now the chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.
The anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the CBI had arrested Sarabjot on July 30 2009 from Nashik for demanding the bribe from Nashik-based municipal contractor Ram Rao Patil. Sarabjot wanted the money to settle a case registered against Patil under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly cheating 103 backward class workers.
Rishi Raj Singh, joint director of the CBI’s western zone said that in five days the charge sheet would be filed against Sarabjot and another accused Anup Begi who had accepted the bribe in Mumbai.
Begi collected the bribe money from Patil at Chembur Naka on July 29, and then met Madan Singh Solanki who allegedly indulged in illegal money transfers at Charni Road. They proceeded to another accomplice Dukh Singh Chauhan’s store at Mumbai Central from where they were arrested.
All are presently out on bail.
CBI officials said that Chauhan, Solanki and Patel are not covered in the charge sheet because the department is considering making them approvers. “We are discussing this with our legal team,” said Singh. The CBI has also recorded the statements of the three accused and complainant Patil before a magistrate and said that all four have indicted Sarabjot.
A team had also questioned Buta Singh in September. Singh refused to give a direct response to questions relating to Buta’s involvement saying that the department would go by the evidence collected.
Singh also ducked a question regarding reinstatement of R. P. Dwivedi as deputy legal advisor in the department’s prosecution cell. Dwivedi was arrested in 2006 with a CBI constable Vijay Prabhu for allegedly helping the accused.
Deputy Inspector General, CBI ACB, Sonali Mishra said that a charge sheet has been filed against Prabhu and that departmental action is being taken against Dwivedi.