Published On: Tue, Sep 29th, 2015

CBI grills customs official in ED bribery scam

New Delhi: Probing the Enforcement Directorate bribery scandal, the CBI on Monday questioned customs official J P Singh, asking him tough questions about allegations that he “extorted” money from those accused of money laundering.

CBI Director Anil Kumar Sinha

CBI Director Anil Kumar Sinha

CBI had carried out raids at the Singh’s premises last week following registering of an alleged bribery case against him.

The case was registered by CBI after the PMO asked the agency to probe the allegations by some businessmen in Gujarat that Singh had been demanding bribes while investigating a case related to IPL betting probe.

Initially a discreet inquiry was conducted after which the case was entrusted to the CBI for a thorough probe.

Singh, who is posted as Joint Director in Directorate’s Ahmedabad branch on deputation, was summoned to the CBI headquarters here and and questioned for several hours. Singh is a 2000 batch Indian Revenue Service(IRS) officer of Customs and Excise wing,

A case has been registered under provisions of criminal conspiracy under IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act against Singh.

The ED’s Ahmedabad unit was probing two important cases–Rs 2,000 crore IPL betting scandal and Rs 5,000 crore money laundering case against alleged hawala operator Afroz Fatta in which the suspects allegedly sought favours, sources said.

It is also alleged that JP Singh would threaten the accused persons and suspects and extort money. ED’s internal probe had found that JP Singh didn’t follow circulars and guidelines while conducting the probe and didn’t obey orders of his seniors as well.

After registering the cases, CBI carried out searches the ED office in Ahmedabad and residences of Singh and Assistant Directors Sanjay Kumar and P S Srinivas, both ED cadre officers in Ahmedabad, and Singh’s father-in-law S K S Somvanshi in Delhi, sources said.

S K S Somvanshi, also a retired IRS officer of 1978 batch of Customs and Excise wing , took over Rs 15 crore as bribe on behalf of Singh from hawala dealers and tax consultants for giving relief and extending favours to suspects in two cases probed by ED.

The ED, meanwhile, has sent a report to the Finance Ministry against customs official J P Singh for “immediate action”.

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