‘Mole’ Ravi Inder Singh withdraws bail plea
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Last Updated: Friday, January 28, 2011, 19:15
  
New Delhi: Suspended IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh, accused of passing official information from the Ministry of Home Affairs to unauthorised persons, on Friday withdrew his bail application from the Delhi High Court after the city police filed a charge sheet in the case.

Justice Hima Kohli, who was to resume hearing Singh's bail plea, was informed that the accused wanted to withdraw his application as he did not want it to be decided on merit.

The court allowed Singh's counsel to withdraw the application.

Singh, who is in jail since his arrest on November 23, would had got the bail on statutory ground if the charge sheet was not filed within the stipulated 60 days. However, Special Cell of Delhi Police, probing the case, filed the charge sheet on January 23, on the 60th day, rendering Singh ineligible for the bail.

Police have recently got the nod to file the charge sheet against the IAS officer and co-accused Vineet Kumar (CMD of Kolkata-based Temptation Food Pvt Ltd).

The 2,343-page charge sheet, sought their prosecution under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence and bribing a government official.

The charge sheet contained transcripts of the recorded conversations of Singh and co-accused Kumar, police said.

The voice samples of the accused duo, taken during the probe, have matched with that of taped conversations at the forensic laboratory, they said.

The police, in the charge sheet, have named 45 people as witnesses to prove their charges against the accused.

The charge sheet claimed that as many as 12,000 calls of the accused were intercepted and the IAS officer was using code words like "software" for flesh trade and "hardware" for accommodation which he sought as benefits for the works performed.

Singh, the then Director Internal Security in the MHA, along with Kumar who was allegedly acting as a middleman for him, was arrested by Delhi Police's Special Cell.

Instead of government accommodation, Singh had chosen to stay in a private guest house and the monthly rent of Rs 50,000 was being paid by Kumar's company since his deputation to New Delhi from Kolkata in January this year. He also allegedly used a car provided by Kumar, police said.

Kumar obliged Singh as he wanted in return information about security clearance of a file relating to UK-based firm Telcordia Technologies Inc, police said.

Police also accused Kumar of acting at the behest of a US-based telecom company to procure information relating to some files.

In addition to charges under the PCA, police booked Singh and Kumar under section 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using forged documents), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

PTI


First Published: Friday, January 28, 2011, 19:15


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