CBI cop transferred in public interest
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inspector Balbir Singh, who had accused CBI deputy inspector general (DIG) Mahesh Aggarwal of leaking trap information and forcing him to go soft on accused, has been transferred in public interest, claimed the CBI, while vehemently denying allegations levelled by the inspector against his seniors.chandigarh Updated: May 20, 2013 23:41 IST
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inspector Balbir Singh, who had accused CBI deputy inspector general (DIG) Mahesh Aggarwal of leaking trap information and forcing him to go soft on accused, has been transferred in public interest, claimed the CBI, while vehemently denying allegations levelled by the inspector against his seniors.
Singh in an affidavit before Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) had alleged that the DIG had allegedly leaked information of a raid by the Delhi CBI at the residence of Vijay Singla, nephew of former union railways minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.
The allegations were made by the inspector, who had challenged his transfer orders, saying that he was transferred after he refused to clear the name of MC joint commissioner, Rajiv Gupta, in a graft case.
“Singh has been transferred pursuant to the allegations against him, in public interest,” submitted the CBI, while countering the allegations levelled by Singh against Aggarwal in an affidavit submitted before CAT.
Defending its decision to transfer Singh, the CBI said, “He has made reckless, mala fide and malicious allegations against the DIG and CBI SSP Tarun Gaba. The transfer orders have been issued by the CBI director which shows that the allegations against his seniors are baseless and false, apart from being frivolous, thus demanding dismissal of the application filed by Singh.”
Citing reasons for his transfer, the CBI submitted that, “Singh was transferred over allegations for interfering with the investigations of the murder case. The transfer was done on the complaint of the investigating officer.”
The tribunal has reserved the order of the application filed by Singh challenging his transfer. The tribunal, as interim relief, has already stayed the order dated May 1, 2013, by which Singh was transferred.
DIG Mahesh Aggarwal was allegedly responsible for leaking information of CBI raid at Vijay Singla's residence on May 3. Inspector Balbir Singh alleged that the raid was delayed by three or four hours and, in the meantime, evidence was destroyed by the DIG owing to his friendship with Singla.
The CBI, while arguing in the tribunal, denied the allegation saying that the Chandigarh team was never informed, thus there was no point of tipping-off anyone about the raid. It was the Delhi CBI's raid and no information was leaked. More importantly, it was a successful trap.
DIG Aggarwal pressurised the CBI officials to clear the name of MC joint commissioner Rajiv Gupta in a corruption case, wherein MC patwari Balraj Singh was arrested on February 13 while allegedly accepting illegal gratification.
Balbir Singh was neither the trap-laying officer nor investigating officer, thus no point of pressuring him for clearing Gupta's name. The CBI has filed a chargesheet against the patwari in which it has stated that as per Balraj, the money was meant for the MC commissioner.