CBI books former chief AP Singh for favouring Moin Qureshi in graft case
The BBM texts, unearthed by the income tax (I-T) department, indicated that the businessman had sought the former CBI director’s “help” on behalf of the people that were being probed by the agency.india Updated: Feb 21, 2017 00:16 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against its former director AP Singh on Monday for allegedly providing favours to controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi, who is an accused in a graft case.
CBI sources said a case has been registered against Singh, Qureshi and other unknown persons.
The probe agency also raided Singh’s residence in Delhi’s Defence Colony.
Singh’s conduct while being the director of the probe agency had come under the scanner in 2014 when Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi brought to the Supreme Court’s notice the reported messages exchanged between Qureshi and Singh.
The BBM texts, unearthed by the income tax (I-T) department, indicated that the businessman had sought the former CBI director’s “help” on behalf of the people that were being probed by the agency.
Rohatgi had told the apex court that Singh’s conduct was “wholly unbecoming of the office he held”.
Two months after AG’s remark, Singh quit as a member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), an appointment he was given by the UPA government in 2013 after his CBI stint ended.
Around the same time, a special court observed that there were “political reasons” behind the charges framed by the CBI against BJP president Amit Shah in 2012 — when Singh was its director — in connection with the deaths of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati.
Although Singh was on the I-T radar after his association with Qureshi was discovered, the department did not press any charges of tax evasion or undisclosed income against the former CBI chief.
I-T had referred the case to the Enforcement Directorate, which in turn asked the CBI to look into the charges against its former director.
Last month, the apex court had also asked the CBI to constitute a special investigation team to look into the conduct of another one of its former directors, Ranjit Sinha, whose gate registry revealed that he was meeting several of the agency’s suspects at his residence. Sinha had succeeded Singh as the CBI director in December 2012.
(with agency inputs)