The CBI has registered a bribery case against an enforcement directorate joint director in Ahmedabad and unknown others for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for favours to suspects involved in two money-laundering cases, including the IPL betting scandal being supervised by him.
The agency on Wednesday searched the ED’s office and the official premises and residence of accused officer JP Singh in Ahmedabad as well as the Delhi house of a close relative, who is suspected of “having received multi-crore bribe at the behest of the accused ED joint director from hawala suspects and tax consultants”, a CBI source said. Searches were also conducted at the Ahmedabad homes of two ED assistant directors who worked under Singh, a 2000-batch IRS officer.
“It has been alleged that certain officers of the enforcement directorate, while investigating cases of money laundering in betting and other such activities, have allegedly demanded and accepted huge illegal gratification from accused and suspect persons in the said cases,” said a CBI spokesperson. “Huge bribe amount was allegedly taken by these officers as quid pro quo for various acts of omission and commission.”
The CBI’s FIR — based on a complaint by the ED and Union finance ministry — names Singh, unknown public servants and private persons, but not his relative or the two ED officers. It also does not mention the exact bribe amount or the nature of favours granted.
The ED tracks money laundering and probes foreign exchange violations. Its Ahmedabad unit is currently probing a Rs 2,000-crore IPL betting racket busted by the Gujarat Police earlier this year in which the role of a UK-based betting website in under investigation. The other probe is a Rs 5,000-crore money-laundering case against alleged hawala operator Afroz Fatta.