New Delhi: Union Home Ministry gave a nod for prosecution of UT cadre IAS officer Sanjay Pratap Singh, who was arrested by CBI in December last year on graft charges.
Singh is the second IAS officer after Delhi Chef Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s former principal secretary Rajendra Kumar to be named by the CBI in a graft scandal.
Under Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, CBI needs to have prior sanction from the central government for launching prosecution against a public servant, who is equivalent or above the position of Joint Secretary.
According to CBI, they are probing two cases against Singh, including an FIR registered after his arrest for disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 6.14 crore.
The first case pertains to demand of bribe of Rs 2.20 lakh and was registered on the complaint of the owner of a private firm from whom Singh demanded the bribe for clearing pending bills related to supply of security guards and other manpower.
Singh was arrested by CBI and the agency later sought sanction for prosecution from Union Home Ministry, which is the cadre controlling authority for the officers of AGMUT cadre.
After Home Ministry’s clearance, the CBI needs permission of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which is the cadre controlling of IAS officers.
A 1984 batch IAS officer Singh was posted as the principal secretary in the Department of SC, ST and Minorities. During the raids, CBI claimed to have recovered 31 gold bars, weighing 3.20kg and worth over Rs 82 lakh from one of the five lockers of Singh.
The agency also seized 300 bottles of high-end liquor brands and expensive watches from his residence along with the documents related to eight properties in posh areas such as Safdarjung Enclave in New Delhi, Sector 56 in Gurgaon, Sector 44 and Sector 50 of Noida and highend construction in Greater Noida.
The value of the property is estimated to be Rs 21 crore. According to CBI, Singh was arrested following a complaint from Delhi government. Kejriwal’s office had complained against Singh to CBI after they received it from the owner of private firm who was asked by Singh to pay the bribe money for clearance of his pending bills.