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IAS officer used wife's account for transactions

delhi Updated: Nov 25, 2010 00:08 IST
Sumit Saxena
Sumit Saxena
Hindustan Times
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Ravi Inder Singh, senior IAS officer in the home ministry arrested by Delhi police for giving internal security clearance to a US-based telecom company, allegedly made financial transactions through his wife's account.

The police found incriminating bank details showing Singh's wife receiving Rs 25 lakh in her account in Bank of Maharashtra within a few days of their arrival in Delhi on deputation in January 2010.

"Singh has not disclosed the source of cash in his wife's bank account. Till date, Rs 15 lakh is the account balance," said a police official.

The police have documentary evidence of Singh's wife's locker, which was also used for financial transactions.

Documentary evidence stated that Singh was financing his plush Greater Kailash colony residence with his brokerage, which he got from giving easy internal security clearance to foreign telecom companies since his deputation.

"He gave his rented address as a proof of residence to open his wife's bank account and even for his official mobile number," the police said.

"He footed Rs 4 lakh as the bill for his rented accommodation in the past eight months along with Rs 4-5 lakh expenses on car rental for travelling. Vineet, who brokered deals

for Singh, made cheque payments for his living and travel expenses," said the police in court, seeking his custodial interrogation. Vineet is the chief managing director of Temptation Food Limited in West Bengal.

ACP LN Rao of the special cell of Delhi police arrested Singh on Tuesday night. Singh, director of the internal security wing, ministry of home affairs. was arrested along with co-accused Vineet.

The police have recorded numerous conversations between Singh and his associates, including Vineet, in past few months.

The police said Singh played a prominent role as a corporate mole in clearing the file of Telcordia, a US-based telecom company. "Singh gave the green signal to the Telcordia security clearance file," the police said in their remand application.

His friend Sanjeev Arora, Vodafone general manager, alerted Singh that his all his four cellphone were being tapped.

"Singh and Vineet met at several petrol filling stations in the city to discuss the course of action to mature a telecom deal" said a senior police official. Arora will be the third arrest in case.

Singh and Vineet were remanded in police custody till November 30.