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Singh gave info to scam-tainted firm

Vijaita Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 29, 2011
First Published: 23:16 IST(29/1/2011) | Last Updated: 01:45 IST(30/1/2011)

Tainted IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh, arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police for “compromising national security”, was also allegedly passing on secret information to UAE-based telecom major Etisalat DB, the police said. The company's name had figured in the 2G spectrum scam, it added.

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Police found transactions of over Rs. 3.85 crore in Singh's bank accounts and also seized two documents of properties in Greater Noida and Gurgaon. His income is below Rs. 50,000.

In the chargesheet filed against Ravi Inder Singh, director with the internal security wing of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Special Cell of Delhi said the accused was taking both "sexual and monetary favours" to provide information about the files pertaining to security clearances to US-based Telecordia and Etisalat DB.

Singh, a 1994-batch IAS officer, and a middleman Vineet Kumar were arrested on November 22, 2010 following inputs from the Intelligence Bureau. The police also said in the past three years they have found details of transactions over Rs. 3.85 crore from four bank accounts including two accounts in the name of Singh's wife.

"The information regarding the files was passed by Vineet Kumar to the officials of the two companies," the chargesheet filed at Tis Hazaari courts said.

It also said Singh took keen interest in the clearance of these files even though he was not authorised to do so. Police had intercepted 12,000 telephone conversations between Singh and Kumar as part of the undercover operation.

According to investigators, Sanjeev Arora, a top official with a telecom firm, tipped off Singh about his phones being tapped. Arora is now a witness in the case. Police said Kumar flushed SIM cards and sensitive documents to dodge the probe.


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