Former CBI director AP Singh — who has been in and out of controversies in recent months — has quit as member of the Union Public Service Commission two years ahead of the end of his term.
Sources said Singh’s resignation had been accepted and a formal notification would soon be issued.
Singh has been under the scanner for his association with Delhi-based meat exporter Moin Qureshi who has been under investigation by the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department.
Singh said he had sent his resignation letter last week but suggested that the Qureshi case did not have anything to do with it. “I was extremely upset over a remark by a Mumbai special court that questioned my integrity,” he told HT, refusing to elaborate.
However, government sources said that Singh “was asked to put in his papers immediately.” “He was told to step down or else the government will go for his removal. Sensing the government’s mood, he decided to step down,” a top government official told HT.
A senior IPS officer said Singh was “disappointed” that the court — while giving a clean chit to BJP president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh-Tulsi Prajapati killings while hearing the case — had called the CBI case against Shah “politically motivated”.
“Singh took the observation too personally,” the officer said, pointing that there had been unanimity within the CBI on naming Shah in its chargesheet.
A 1974-batch IPS officer, Singh retired from the CBI in November 2012. The UPA government had appointed him as a UPSC member in February 2013.