A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Mumbai filed the charge sheet in the Adarsh society scam, the agency’s joint director (west zone) Rishi Raj Singh was transferred to the agency’s economic offences wing (EOW) on Thursday.
Singh, a 1985 batch IPS officer from Kerala cadre, will continue to serve in Mumbai as head of zone 1 that has EOW and special crime branch under it. It was under Singh that the entire investigation into Adarsh was conducted and the charge sheet filed against 13 accused, including former chief minister Ashok Chavan.
Singh was the joint director of CBI’s west zone, which has the anti-corruption branch under it, since 2007.
Though there have been rumours of Singh being transferred for filing the charge sheet that has become an issue of contention between the state government and the investigating agency, the CBI termed the transfer as routine.
CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said that the transfer was decided earlier, but was deferred for some time because the charge sheet was to be filed.
She said that the post of zone 1 head was vacant after Singh’s predecessor P Kandaswami, who had health issues, was repatriated to his parent cadre.
Singh confirmed his transfer but refused to comment when asked if it was a result of the charge sheet.
He will be replaced by Keshav Kumar, a 1986-batch IPS officer from Gujarat cadre.
On Wednesday CBI had filed charge sheet in the scam naming 13 persons including former chief minister Ashok Chavan.