Published On: Fri, Feb 6th, 2015

Sacked Home Secretary backed Matang Sinh keep Z-plus cover

Former minister, congress leader and Saradha scam accused Matang Sinh’s clout in the Home Ministry ensured that his Z-plus security cover was never downgraded or removed during ex-Home Secretary Anil Goswami’s tenure, and the former even managed important postings for his “friends” in the ministry.

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Government sources told Mail Today that the subject of Sinh’s security was never brought up in meetings conducted to review the protective cover of VIPs.

“Sinh’s name was conveniently removed from the list of protected persons whenever there was an evaluation,” said a government official.

Goswami’s proximity to Sinh prompted him to even try to stall his arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last week in Kolkata in the multi-crore Ponzi scam case.

Sinh enjoyed a security cover comprising 40-45 commandos of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) as mandated for Z-plus category. The Z-plus security cover was given to him during Goswami’s term.

Sources said there were deliberations over scaling down his Z-plus cover to ‘X’ with only one or two security guards. That did not happen, since his case was never put up for discussions before Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

His closeness to Goswami not only ensured him the highest category of security cover, but also allowed him to throw his weight around. It is believed he recently managed key postings under the home ministry of his choice.
“He pushed for officials who were close to him,” the official said.

After Goswami, the name of a senior IPS officer from CISF who too tried to stall Sinh’s arrest is doing the rounds. This officer was also brought to the Centre by Goswami.

Sources said a report about the conduct of the IPS officer has been sent to the higher-ups in the government.

It is alleged that the officer initially requested the CBI team probing the multi-crore chit fund scam to continue questioning Sinh in Delhi instead of Kolkata.

It is alleged that this officer had made another request not to arrest Sinh when the CBI decided to take him into custody.

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The CBI is also expected to initiate an internal inquiry on the controversy as Goswami got in touch with a joint director rank officer in Delhi who in turn is alleged to have spoken to the officer in charge of the probe team in Kolkata.

“A message has been sent by our government that such acts will not be taken lightly,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said a day after Goswami’s removal.

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