Thursday, May 9, 2013

IPS who charge-sheeted former Maharashtra CM sent back ‘home’

BHOPAL: Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) official Rishi Raj Singh, who was transferred over and again after filing charge-sheet naming former Maharashtra chief minister among 13 people in the multi-crore Adarsh Housing Society scam, has been sent back to his state cadre Kerala.

That too, despite his will to continue on his posting at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh (MP) where he was shunted from Mumbai three months ago.

Singh, who is widely known for his uprightness - was posted as join director of CBI's anti-corruption wing, Central zone in February this year and his 5 years term of Central deputation ended on May 7.

While his request for extension in CBI was approved by the Kerala government, Centre returned his services to the home cadre, said sources.

The 1985 batch IPS officer, took charge at Central zone's Bhopal office on February 1, replacing Hemant Priyadarshi, who was transferred to Mumbai as the CBI's Joint Director of Economic Offences Wing.

Earlier he was transferred to CBI's economic offences wing on July 5, 2012 - a day after the agency filed its over 9000 -page chargesheet naming former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan Chavan and others in Adarsh Housing Society scam. He was the Joint Director of the CBI's Mumbai unit at that time.

Eyebrows were raised over the manner in which he was transferred and there were no takers for CBI's contention that it was a routine one.

Besides Adarsh housing scam, Singh is known to have played a major role in exposing recruitments' scandal in the National Defence Academy and Canteen Store Department (CSD) in Mumbai.
After joining as JD Bhopal he held several 'jan sunvai's (public hearings) and initiated more than 60 fresh investigations. Nearly two dozen cases were disposed of by CBI during his small tenure. He relinquished the charge and left to Mumbai on Wednesday evening.