‘Mole’ Ravi Inder Singh withdraws bail plea

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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