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Buta leaves Assembly dissolution to 'good sense of Judiciary'

August 05, 2005 18:49 IST

Claiming that Parliament, by approving extension of President's rule in Bihar, had also approved the dissolution of the Assembly, Governor Buta Singh on Friday sought a public apology from the National Democratic Alliance for levelling false charges against him.

''Since Parliament, the supreme electorate body in the country, has approved the resolution for extending President's Rule in Bihar by another six months, it is an approval of the step taken by me (to dissolve the House),'' Singh told reporters here.

''When Parliament puts it seal of approval on any issue, the matter cannot be debated in any forum and there can be no judicial interference,'' he said.

On whether the Supreme Court notice to him on the dissolution did not amount to judicial interference, he said, ''I leave it to the good sense of the Judiciary''.

''In the light of Parliamentary approval, the political parties which levelled false and defamatory allegations against me should make a public apology. They have hurt my feelings and questioned my integrity,'' the Governor said in an apparent reference to the NDA's charge that the House was dissolved under pressure from RJD supremo Lalu Prasad.

''Mujhe Buta Singh nahin, jhoota (liar) singh kaha gaya." Even the issue of JMM bribery case, in which I was honourably acquitted, was raised. Who is going to compensate me for the damage caused to my reputation,'' he quipped.

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