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No relief for CBI inspector

Declining to provide relief to an inspector with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Balbir Singh, who had accused the CBI deputy inspector general (DIG) of leaking trap information and forcing him to go soft on an accused in another case, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) dismissed the application challenging his transfer.

chandigarh Updated: May 22, 2013 23:44 IST
Shailee Dogra

Declining to provide relief to an inspector with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Balbir Singh, who had accused the CBI deputy inspector general (DIG) of leaking trap information and forcing him to go soft on an accused in another case, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) dismissed the application challenging his transfer.


Singh had moved CAT challenging his transfer from Chandigarh to New Delhi in “public interest” on the basis of false report submitted by CBI DIG Mahesh Aggarwal in connivance of CBI superintendent of police Tarun Gaba.

Singh had alleged that he was transferred owing to mala fide of the DIG as he (Balbir) did not come under his pressure to exclude the name of Rajiv Gupta, additional municipal commissioner, Chandigarh, in a trap.

The tribunal held, “Apart from making vague allegations, Singh has failed to place on record any cogent material in support. Allegations of mala fides when made must be such so as to inspire confidence of the court or based on concrete material. Merely the fact that Aggrawal has not filed separate reply does not suggest that they accepted the allegations.”

“There is no legal infirmity in the transfer,” the tribunal maintained, while dismissing the application. The dismissal of the application comes as a major relief to the DIG, who was even accused by Singh of leaking trap information of a raid by the Delhi CBI on the residence of former union railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla.

The tribunal said the record suggested that his transfer had been ordered in smooth running of the organisation because allegations against Singh were of serious nature.

Who is Balbir Singh
Balbir Singh was recruited as stenographer on September 30, 1990, and after qualifying departmental competitive examination he was recruited as a sub-inspector in the CBI on June 20, 1997, and was posted at Jammu in September after completing police training.

In 2002, he was transferred to Chandigarh. He was promoted to the post of CBI inspector on February 20, 2004. He remained posted at Chandigarh up to July 2008 and was then transferred to Bhopal.

He had moved a request that his wife is working as a teacher in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, Chandigarh, since 1997, thus he was posted to Shimla. He then submitted a request to consider his transfer to Chandigarh and in 2011, he was transferred to Chandigarh. He had moved CAT challenging his transfer to New Delhi by order dated April 29, 2013.

Allegations made by cop
Inspector Balbir Singh had moved CAT challenging his transfer to New Delhi by order April 29, 2013, saying that he was transferred “owing to mala fide” of CBI DIG Mahesh Aggarwal.

He had alleged that the DIG pressurised the CBI officials to clear the name of MC additional commissioner Rajiv Gupta in a corruption case, in which MC patwari Balraj Singh was arrested on February 13 this year while allegedly accepting illegal gratification.

He had even accused the DIG of leaking information of CBI raid at Vijay Singla's residence on May 3. He had 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.