Deputy Inspector General Madhup Kumar Tiwari of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) – a 1995-batch IPS officer who led the agency’s high-profile investigation into the Rs 6,100 crore Bank of Baroda forex scam, Rs 45,000 crore Pearl Group ponzi scam and 2014 Badaun suicide case – was prematurely repatriated to his parent cadre on a request from the Union ministry of home affairs.
Confirming the same, a CBI source said the home affairs ministry (MHA) is the cadre-controlling authority of the IPS cadre of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) to which Tiwari belongs. The central investigative agency is apparently in the dark about why the request was made.
“The officer has done well in the CBI, and it is the MHA that has recalled his services before he could complete his five year tenure in the agency. CBI is not aware of why the officer’s repatriation was requested by the ministry,” said the source.
The officer’s repatriation was confirmed by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) that administers the investigative agency, without citing any reason. The CBI though did not pass the order to seal the move till Tuesday night.
Among Tiwari’s successes was cracking the controversial May 2014 case involving the alleged murder and rape of two minor cousin girls in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun. Tiwari’s team of investigators established the fact that the cousins, whose bodies were found hanging from a tree near their home, had committed suicide and were not raped or murdered as alleged in the local police’s First Information Report. The trial court accepted the agency’s key findings in October 2015.
Tiwari headed the agency’s Bhopal zone since January and had been supervising the work of its Banking Securities Fraud Cell. The DIG joined the CBI in 2013, and was earlier with the agency’s special crime branch that investigates heinous crimes, including murder and rape.
He also handled the Bank of Baroda (BoB) scam that involved sending of forex worth Rs 6,100 crore illegally to bank accounts in Hong Kong and Dubai by a group of businessmen and middlemen during 2014-15 via 8,000-odd transactions.
The transaction is believed to be trade-based money laundering as the amount was transferred under the guise of payments for imports that never took place. The agency had recently chargesheeted two Pearl Group firms and four of their top officials for allegedly gathering Rs 45,000 crore worth of investments from 5.5 crore Indians fraudulently.