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CBI to file charge-sheet against Buta Singh ’s son soon

Mumbai: The CBI on Tuesday said it would file a charge-sheet against Sarabjot Singh, son of National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman Buta Singh, within five days in a corruption case.

“Sarabjot alias Sweety and another accused Anup Begi will be charged under criminal conspiracy and various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act,” Rishiraj Singh, Director (Western Region), told reporters here.

He, however, refused to divulge whether the statement of Mr. Buta Singh, recorded by the CBI in September last year as a witness, would be included in the charge-sheet.

Sarabjot was arrested on July 31 last year for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs one crore from Nashik-based contractor Ramrao Patil for closing a case pending against him before the Scheduled Castes panel headed by his father.

Along with Sarabjot, three others -- Anup Kumar Begi, Madan Singh Solanki and Dhukh Singh Chauhan -- had been arrested.

“Solanki and Chauhan may be shown as approvers in the charge-sheet,” Mr. Rishiraj said.

Buta’s statement

The charge-sheet would include the statement of alleged Bangalore-based Hawala operator Shamlal Chaudhari, who according to the CBI, was entrusted with transferring the bribe amount to Sarabjot in Delhi.

“We have recorded Chaudhari’s statement before a magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC,” Mr. Rishiraj said.

According to sources, Chaudhari in his statement has revealed that the bribe money was to be transferred to Sarabjot from Bangalore.

The charge-sheet would also include alleged telephonic interceptions between Sarabjot, complainant Patil and other accused bargaining the bribe amount. PTI

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