With the deadline of March 31 to file the first 2G scam chargesheet less than five weeks away, the man supervising the CBI's probe has quit.
YP Singh, CBI's supervising joint director (JD) has sought voluntary retirement to join the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the Sharad Pawar-led International Cricket Council (ICC). He is most likely to join as its security manager, based in Dubai.
When asked about the move, YP Singh told HT, “It’s a personal matter.”He declined to elaborate any further in the matter. CBI director Amar Pratap Singh confirmed the development saying, "Singh told us only two days back that he was leaving service and heading to the ICC’s anti-corruption unit. If somebody wants to leave service we can't stop him."
Asked if this will be a setback for the investigation, the CBI director said that there were many other officers to replace him. The Supreme Court has directed the CBI to file its chargesheet in the 2G scam by end of March.
According to sources, it takes between three and six month for an IAS or IPS officer to get the paperwork done in case of voluntary retirement.
Singh will be the third officer from the team investigating the 2G probe who has left it midway. First one was Vineet Agarwal, a Maharashtra cadre IPS officer, who looked into the matter in its initial days as the DIG. He was repatriated to his parent cadre after completing his tenure. After that, superintendent of police and Tamil Nadu cadre officer Sumit Sharan left the team.
The ICC’s ACSU is mandated to prevent and investigate matters of corruption in international cricket.
Before Singh, Ravi Sawani, a Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer had also left service to join the ACSU. Sawani had also served in the CBI and he was part of the CBI investigating team which probed the match-fixing scandal which rocked Indian cricket in 2000.