New Delhi: Senior IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh, who was working as the director in the internal security division of the Home Ministry, was suspended on Saturday for allegedly leaking sensitive information.
Singh, a 1994-batch IAS officer, was arrested on Wednesday under the Prevention of Corruption Act and on charges of criminal conspiracy.
A city court sent Singh and his co-accused Vineet Kumar to six-day police custody. Kumar, a Kolkota-based businessman, was allegedly acting as a broker on behalf of Singh.
Delhi police told the city court that around 12,000 telephone conversations of Singh had been intercepted. The IAS officer, they said, was using three mobile numbers which he had procured on the basis of fictitious identity.
They also said that Singh was not staying in his official quarter and instead was residing in a guest house in posh Greater Kailash. The rent of Rs 50,000 per month for the guest house was being paid by a company, Temptation Food Pvt Ltd, which was managed by Vineet, police informed.
In a clear case of corporate snooping and apparent violation of conduct rules, police said, a broker from West Bengal has been allegedly trying to make a "deal" with a US-based telecom company, Telcordia, for illegal gratification on behalf of Singh for providing secret information from the Home Ministry in return of a few crore rupees. The company`s application related to security clearance in connection with Mobile Number Portability was pending with the ministry.
Singh was arrested on Monday night on charges of conspiracy and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. More arrests are expected in the case.
Singh was under surveillance of Delhi Police`s Special Cell for more than a month. Initially, he was detained by the police and searches were carried out at his office and residence.