CBI opposes bail to former UP bureaucrat
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday urged the Delhi High Court to cancel the bail granted by a lower court to former Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Akhand Pratap Singh, arrested in a disproportionate assets case. The CBI expressed fears that he may tamper with the evidence.
Appearing before Justice BV Gupta, the probe agency said that investigations were on and Singh might tamper with the evidence as he was very influential, being a retired bureaucrat. The arguments would be resumed on Wednesday.
Singh was to be released on Monday after furnishing the bail bond, but the high court stayed his release in an interim order.
Singh was arrested on Sep 25 for allegedly possessing assets worth Rs 2 billion, well beyond the known sources of his income. Trial Court Judge IK Kochhar had ordered his release on bail on a bond of Rs 200,000 along with a surety of the like amount.
Earlier, Singh's counsel contended that there was no purpose in extending his custody as the had already quizzed him during his 15-day custodial interrogation.
Singh was lodged in the Tihar jail after completion of his CBI custody on Oct 11.
According to the corruption case registered against him in 2005, Singh acquired as many as 84 immovable properties in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand worth over Rs 2 billion.
He is also accused of forging the signatures of his dead father and a friend for effecting transfer of properties and routing financial transactions through several fictitious bank accounts.
The CBI in 2005 conducted raids at 16 places and allegedly found huge properties in his name and in the name of his daughter. The CBI arrested him from his Vasant Kunj farmhouse while he was attempting to flee, CBI officials said.