Tuesday, November 23, 2010

MHA officer detained for leaking info to telecom company

New Delhi
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police on Monday raided the office and residence of 1994-batch West Bengal-cadre IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh, currently posted in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), for allegedly leaking sensitive information.

Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) P N Aggarwal denied reports that Singh had been arrested. Police sources said he had been detained for questioning. A case has been registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Singh is posted as Director in the Internal Security (IS) division and was allegedly passing on information to a telecom company. His office, it is learnt, was involved in granting security clearance to companies. He was under surveillance for over a month.

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said the Delhi Police, acting on a tip-off, raided the North Block office of Singh. “The raid was conducted after complaints that the officer was leaking sensitive information to some corporates,” Pillai said. He denied that Singh was involved in procurement of arms and material for central police organisations. He also refused to say to whom Singh was passing on information, though raids are likely at the offices of this company.

The IS Division of the MHA is one of its most sensitive wings, dealing with crucial issues related to security, including the Naxal problem. “So far, it looks like a case of corruption. If required, the officer will be taken into custody,” said a source. Singh had joined MHA in January.

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