Awasthi tipped to take over 2G spectrum probe

Senior IPS officer Hitesh Chandra Awasthi is likely to lead the probe into the 2G spectrum scam after YP Singh took voluntary retirement to join an International Cricket Council assignment.

Last Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 23:36 PM IST

New Delhi: Senior IPS officer Hitesh
Chandra Awasthi is likely to lead the probe into the 2G
spectrum scam after YP Singh took voluntary retirement to
join an International Cricket Council assignment.

CBI sources said Awasthi, a 1985-batch IPS officer of
Uttar Pradesh cadre, has on April one rejoined work after a
year-long study leave and is tipped to head the Delhi unit,
which is overlooking the 2G spectrum and CWG probes, as Joint
Director.

Singh is serving three months` notice period after
tendering his resignation in February. He was the supervisory
officer in the crucial case.

Singh, a 1981-batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh
cadre, sought voluntary retirement from CBI to take up his new
job in International Cricket Council`s Anti-Corruption and
Security Unit (ACSU), which deals with graft in international
cricketing events.

"Awasthi joined on April 1 after a one-year study
leave. Once Singh leaves, he may be given the 2G spectrum
probe," a senior CBI official said.

Before Singh, Ravi Sawani, a 1977 batch IPS officer of
Tamil Nadu cadre, had also resigned to joined ICC. Sawani had
spearheaded the probe into the match-fixing scam which rocked
Indian cricket in 2000.

The CBI has already filed its first charge sheet in
the 2G spectrum case on April two. It will submit
supplementary charge sheet later this month.

PTI