Huge monthly rent paid for Ravi Inder`s stay in guest house

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 21:34

New Delhi: Delhi Police Wednesday secured six-day
custody of senior IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh from a Special
Court on charges that he sought personal gains, including the
cost of his stay at a guest house, from a private firm for
passing sensitive information to unauthorised persons.

"The IAS officer posted as a director in the Union Home
Ministry, used to stay at a guest house instead of living in
the official accommodation. The rent of the house was Rs
50,000 per month which was paid by a private firm," Public
Prosecutor Rajeev Mohan told Special Judge Sangeeta Dhingra
Sehgal.

The prosecutor sought 10 days custodial interrogation of
Singh and his co-accused Vineet Kumar, Chairman-cum Managing
Director of Temptation Foods Private Ltd, on the ground that
they were to be confronted with their intercepted calls.

The court, however, sent them in police custody till
November 30.

Singh and Kumar were formally arrested last night
following their extensive quizzing in detention by the Delhi
police`s Special Cell.

Arguing for the custodial remand of the accused, Mohan
also alleged that a sum of Rs 21 lakh was transferred to an
account opened at a branch of Bank of Maharashtra in the name
of Singh`s spouse, a house-wife, in the address of the guest
house at posh Greater Kailash enclave here.

The said bank account still had balance of Rs 15 lakh, he
claimed.

He also alleged that Singh was using four mobile phones
out of which three were obtained on fictitious identity.

"The officer had concealed three mobile phones and stopped
using them on November 16 after he came to know from Sanjeev
Arora, a Vodafone company executive, that calls were
intercepted on those phones," the prosecutor submitted.
The prosecutor claimed that Singh was to be confronted
with as many as 12,000 intercepted calls as he was using code
words like software for flesh trade and hardware for
accommodation which he sought as benefits for the works
performed as officer.

Mohan also claimed that Singh, a director in the
internal security division of the ministry, had leaked
information pertaining to a US-based telecom company,
Telcordia, for illegal gratification.

Senior counsel APS Ahluwalia and advocate O P Wadhwa
opposed the contention of police seeking remand saying that
the officer had already cooperated with the investigating
agency and had been in their detention for more than 48 hours.

Jaideep Thakkar, counsel for Kumar also submitted that
there was no need to send the accused in custodial remand as
police had nothing else to recover from him.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 21:34

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