Published On: Thu, Sep 24th, 2015

ED seeks CBI help to arrest its top corrupt officials

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) sought help from CBI to arrest its top corrupt officials, investigating the Indian Premier League or IPL cricket betting probe, one of them has been booked by CBI on Wednesday.

ED Director Karnal Singh received complaints about the alleged demand for bribe by the top officials of ED Ahmedabad unit after which it was forwarded to CBI.

ED Director Karnal Singh received complaints about the alleged demand for bribe by the top officials of ED Ahmedabad unit after which it was forwarded to CBI.

According to CBI sources, the agency has registered a case of alleged corruption against J P Singh, posted as Joint Director in ED’s Ahmedabad unit, a 2000 batch IRS officer of Customs and Excise wing, on the basis of a complaint received from the Enforcement Directorate.

Two additional directors of ED – Sanjay Kumar and P S Sriniwas are also suspects in the case.

It is alleged that Rs 15 crore was handed over as bribe to Singh’s father-in-law, S K S Somvanshi, a retired IRS officer of 1978 batch, by hawala dealers and tax consultants for giving relief and extending favours to suspects in two cases probed by the Enforcement Directorate.

ED’s Ahmedabad unit was probing two important cases – Rs 2,600 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.

After registering the cases, CBI carried out searches of the ED office in Ahmedabad and residences of Singh and additional directors Sanjay Kumar and P S Srinivas, both ED cadre officers in Ahmedabad, and Somvanshi here in Delhi.

Sources said the ED Director Karnal Singh received multiple complaints from various quarters about the alleged demand for bribe by the senior officials of its Ahmedabad unit after which it was forwarded to CBI.

TST

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