In a dramatic development, a team from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), New Delhi, raided its offices in Sector 30 here on Wednesday evening and arrested an inspector posted with the special crime branch wing on the charges of corruption and criminal conspiracy.
Ravinder Kumar Singla and his private associate Gautam Sharma, a Delhi resident, are accused of taking away the Honda City (CH01BC0169) registered in the name of Nectar Life Sciences Limited, Sector 9, in July 2015 and later threatening the assistant general manager TN Sharma to transfer the ownership of the car to them.
The agency claims that the accused even prepared a fake inquiry report to intimidate and extort money and vehicles from industrialists.
The accused, now remanded to CBI custody for four days, had previously too fooled other businessmen using a similar modus operandi.
“It is still a matter of investigation whether the duo functioned alone or had other people to help them in the racket,” a CBI source said.
July 2015 taking away of car
The complainant Sharma had alleged that the accused inspector Singla just walked into his office in Sector 9 in July 2015 and asked for his company’s vehicle to go to a CBI meeting in Delhi. Later, he refused to return the vehicle and started pressing Sharma to transfer the car in his name.
Acting on his complaint, the CBI arrested his accomplice Gautam Sharma from Delhi on Wednesday and also recovered cooked-up and false CBI inquiry reports that incriminate the duo.
During Singla’s arrest too, the CBI recovered papers on inquiries that had never been started by the agency.
Singla and Gautam have been booked Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and a case has been registered in Delhi.
Sources in the CBI claimed that Singla was not even deployed in the anti-corruption wing or the economics offences wing and was not authorised to investigate any case related to financial crime or corruption.
He was deployed with the special crime branch in which all cases were referred from Punjab and Haryana high court or the states.
He was not even supposed to generate sources and investigate cases. His mobile call details reveal that he was in touch with several businessmen and others and openly sought favours in cash or kind.
Singla’s counsel AS Sukhija told the court that the case must be dealt with by the police and not by the CBI, as his client had been booked under wrong sections. “Singla can be at most be booked for breach of trust as he allegedly did not return the car that he had borrowed. My client could be the victim of somebody’s enmity,” the lawyer pleaded in court.