The fact that tainted IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh, who was arrested on charges of corporate spying, took enough precautions not to be caught, became evident when the Delhi Police submitted a flowchart as part of the chargesheet explaining his role in the entire act.
Singh, a 1994 batch officer posted with internal security wing of MHA, was arrested on November 22, 2010, following inputs from the Intelligence Bureau (IB), saying that he was passing on vital information to private companies for “sexual favours” and money. Vinit Kumar — an alleged “middleman” and CMD of Temptation Foods Private Limited — was also arrested the same day.
Police had intercepted 12,000 telephone conversations, now part of the 2,343-page chargesheet filed in the Tis Hazari Court on Saturday.
The police have submitted handwritten transcripts, forensic evidence that matched with his voice samples, the intercepted calls and guesthouse bills as evidences to the court. A sting operation carried out at a five-star hotel by IB officials posing as corporate middlemen, nailed Singh. “The IAS officer used to speak in a code language, using words like prasad, laddoos and gur for bribe. “He wanted Ukranian software, a reference to sex workers, and a hardware, arrangements for a room,” police said.
Personal assistant made a witness
Of the 45 witnesses, Deepak Kumar, Singh’s personal assistant in MHA, is the main witness. As reported by the Hindustan Times, Sanjeev Arora, top official with a telecommunications firm who tipped-off Singh about the interceptions, is another main witness. Taxi drivers, five-star hotel staff and others whose services Singh availed outside “official capacity” too deposed.
Telecordia’s role being probed
No officials of the US-based firm — Telecordia — whom Singh is accused of favouring have been named in the chargesheet. Police are now waiting for specific leads and would file a supplementary chargesheet.
Singh destroyed phones, evidence
His official mobile phone was not used to strike the “shady deals”. Instead, three mobile phones procured on fictitious identity and provided by Kumar were being used. Singh destroyed them after the tip-off. “We have gathered technical evidence against him by taking out his call details, IMEI number and his phone location,” said an officer.
It was only men talk
“As far as discussing women on phone is concerned, it’s a male thing to do. I’m a respected businessman. That doesn’t mean I was doing any crime,” Kumar said at the court with small-time actor Bhairavi Goswami by his side.
Sanction order sent on Saturday
The department of personnel and training that was to sanction the prosecution of the IAS officer sent the papers only on Saturday. Had the letter not reached the police in time, it would have benefited Singh, as he would have got a bail, thereby weakening the case.