ED to investigate hawala link in Sarobjit bribery case MUMBAI, Aug 2 – The Enforcement Directorate has been roped in to help investigations of a bribery case involving National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Chairman Buta Singh’s son Sarobjit Singh and trace an alleged hawala dealer and accused in the case, Dhuksingh Chauhan, reports PTI. “We have sought help from ED to throw more light on this as Chauhan is an old hawala operator and further probe from our side is on,” CBI Joint Director Rishiraj Singh told PTI.
Chauhan was arrested under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities (COFEPOSA) Act and spent over a year in jail between 1995 and 2000, he said.
Singh said a team of CBI is in Bangalore searching for the third alleged hawala operator Shamalal Chaudhari who was to receive the money from Chuahan and transfer it to Delhi to Sarobjit alias Sweety Singh.
CBI arrested 40-year-old Sarobjit on July 31 for allegedly demanding a Rs 1 crore bribe from a Nasik-based contractor Ramarao Patil to close a case against him.
Three others including Anu Begi, the middleman and two hawala operators, who were said to be working for Sarobjit, were also arrested.
CBI Director Ashwani Kumar has indicated about the possibility of questioning Buta Singh, in connection with the case involving his son. “If necessary, we will. If there is a requirement, we will go as per procedure. No decision has been taken on it yet. We will go by the law,” Kumar said.
The CBI also conducted searches at Sarobjit’s house in Jangpura area in south Delhi and recovered three unlicensed firearms and some live cartridges.
Delhi Police have registered a case under the Arms Act against Sarobjit in this regard.
Sarobjit has been remanded in CBI custody till August 5. His father, Buta Singh, has already made it clear that there was no question of his resigning as Chairman of the Commission and claimed that his son could have ‘confessed under pressure’.
Buta to cooperate: Sticking to his decision of not resigning following the arrest of his son by CBI in a bribery case, NCSC chairman Buta Singh today said he has “briefed” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and that he will cooperate with the probe agency if “proper procedures” were followed, a report from New Delhi adds.
“I have briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the facts. He has responded positively and sought more details,” he said without divulging on how the matter was communicated to the Prime Minister.