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We'll respect verdict: Manmohan

I am going to take the salute in Patna on January 26, says Buta Singh

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday that the Supreme Court's indictment of Bihar Governor Buta Singh would be ``accepted and respected.''

"The Supreme Court has got great authority and we have to respect the judgment," Dr. Singh said, adding that he had not yet seen the judgment.

However, he declined to comment on the fate of Mr. Buta Singh.

Buta Singh defiant

A defiant Buta Singh on Monday ruled out his resignation.

Asked at a press conference whether he would quit his post, he shot back: ``Who told you that.''

``I have not said anything on it. I am going to take the salute in Patna on January 26,'' he asserted.

He claimed that the Bihar administration had ``fully implemented'' the October 7 verdict by conducting Bihar elections in a ``remarkable'' manner.

"Such elections were never held in any State. I am happy I have fully implemented the Supreme Court verdict.''

On the charge that his recommendation to dissolve the Bihar Assembly was aimed at favouring a particular political party, he declined to comment.

Mr. Buta Singh abruptly ended his press conference, saying he would study the full judgment. — UNI, PTI

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