Soon After the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) gave a clean chit to its officials in the housing scheme scam, the man heading the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) that investigated the fraud, was transferred out of Delhi late on Friday night.
Another top officer who was part of the probe was transferred three days ago. Both the officers are yet to be relieved.
Though senior police officers claimed that they were routine transfers, the timing has raised speculations.
SBK Singh, a 1988 batch IPS officer who was heading the EOW for the past one-and-a-half years as additional commissioner, was transferred to Puducherry on Friday night. Singh had personally supervised the case that led to the arrest of nine persons.
His transfer order was dispatched from the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday and have been sent to the office of the commissioner of police for approval.
The police chief is likely to relieve the officer immediately. Singh had earlier been given an extension when he was transferred about eight months ago. The police chief had then sought his extension in the EOW and not relieved him.
Apart from Singh, Deepak Purohit, a DANIPS officer who was posted as the assistant commissioner of police of the Anti Land and Building Racket, was transferred to Daman three days ago. Singh was spearheading the investigations in the DDA housing fraud and was personally monitoring the case.
The relieving orders are expected to reach the police headquarters on Monday. “The transfers would not affect the investigations of the DDA housing scheme 2008. The case is monitored at every level,” said a police source.
The EOW got its first breakthrough in the case on January 9 when they arrested a former bank employee from Rajasthan, Laxmi Narayan Meena, for his alleged involvement in filling application forms for the fraud in the scheme.