Shiv Babu 175 times, Mithilesh 225: CBI chief’s odd guest list

A more frequent visitor than Shiv Pal was one Shiv Babu, who made 175 visits in the period under scrutiny.

Written by Appu Esthose Suresh | New Delhi | Updated: September 5, 2014 8:41 am
ranjit-main Despite repeated attempts The Indian Express could not get through to anyone at the registered address of the company.

Not just well known politicians and representatives of corporate houses under probe by CBI, owners of several lesser known entities too had easy and frequent access to agency director Ranjit Sinha’s residence, a scrutiny of visitors logbooks shows.

They seem to have moved freely in and out of Sinha’s 2, Janpath home — some visiting him more than 100 times in a year and several times in a day, and some who seem to have been always accompanied by a “plus 1”.

The Indian Express on Thursday reported that besides Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) officials, several other corporate representatives visited Sinha frequently. Among them were Sunil Bajaj of Essar Group and Anil Bhalla of Abhey Oswal Group, both of whom seem to have come to the house on at least 40 occasions each in the 15 months between May 2013 and August 2014.

Essar is under CBI probe for its alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam. Bhalla is a close associate of company promoter Abhey Kumar Oswal.

Bajaj did not respond to phone calls and text messages from The Indian Express. Bhalla’s phone was not reachable all through Thursday evening.

But several not-so-recognisable names stand out in the registers. One Shiv Pal visited Sinha’s residence on 120 occasions in this period. On 25 of these occasions he has been logged as “Shiv Pal + 1”. When contacted, Pal told The Indian Express, “I know him (the CBI director) for the past 30 years. His family is very close to me. We both are from Bihar, so sometimes, when some bureaucrats or politicians visited Delhi, we used to go together.” Pal said he owned petrol pumps in Delhi.

A more frequent visitor than Shiv Pal was one Shiv Babu, who made 175 visits in the period under scrutiny. Shiv Babu’s identity could not be independently verified, but among the several cars he seemed to have travelled in, the one he used the most frequently — DL 3CBL 3143 — is registered in the name of Valley Iron & Steel Co Ltd.

Despite repeated attempts The Indian Express could not get through to anyone at the registered address of the company.

One Mithilesh visited Sinha 225 times, and was often accompanied by a “plus 1”. When asked who Mithilesh was, Sinha described him as “a retired chief engineer and a friend”. Mithilesh himself did not respond to phone calls.

There are indications that several visitors knew each other well. According to the logbook, on January 30, 2014, Shiv Babu and Mithilesh entered Sinha’s residence at 1.12 pm and 1.40 pm respectively, and were followed, at 1.45 pm, by two others, Vinay Saigal and Sandeep Saigal. All four exited together at 3.35 pm.

Sandeep, Vinay and Mithilesh returned that evening — entering Sinha’s residence at 7.20 pm, 7.22 pm and 7.29 pm respectively, and leaving together at 8.26 pm.
Vinay Saigal runs an export firm and Sandeep Saigal is a Customs clearing house agent. Vinay’s name figures 83 times in the registers; Sandeep’s 95 times. On most occasions, the two men appear to have visited the CBI director together. The cellphones of both men were switched off from afternoon onwards on Thursday.

One S P Singh visited Sinha 58 times in the period under scrutiny, according to the logbook entries. He too, was frequently marked as having been accompanied by another person — “plus 1”.

On February 10, 2014, “S P Singh”, “Ashok (London)” and “Mr Singh” entered the house one after the other — at 9.09 pm, 9.10 pm and 9.15 pm respectively. They left together at 10.30 pm.

On February 13, “Ashok”, “V K Singh” and “S P Singh” entered between 9.35 pm and 9.40 pm, and left together at 10.20 pm.
Another frequent visitor was one “Dr Prasad”, who, as per the registers at the gate, appears to have called on Sinha 70 times. When contacted, however, Prasad said, “I never met Ranjit Sinha.”

He acknowledged, though, that two cars — DL 5CH 2345 and DL 3FA 9999 — whose entries were logged at Sinha’s gate, belonged to him. Prasad runs an IT firm in Hyderabad.

Pravesh Jain, promoter of Paras Dyes and Chemicals, visited the house on 75 occasions. He said, “I know Sinha since 1982. I always visit him for 10 or 15 minutes for a cup of tea or coffee. I know him, and I know his predecessors U S Misra and D R Karthikeyan as well. But you will never find me in any of his formal functions. I keep my distance.”

Another individual who paid 75 visits to Sinha’s residence, according to the logs, is “Laxminarayan”.

One “Gagan” seemed to have visited Sinha twice as frequently as Jain and Laxminarayan — there are 150 entries mentioning him in the registers. Gagan seemed to have come in cars registered all over India. The Indian Express was not able to independently verify his identity.

Some of these visitors seemed to have enjoyed the privilege of entering without their arrivals being logged. An entry dated May 4, 2013 in the register, translated from the Hindi, reads, “Mithileshji, Shailendraji and Shivji should be allowed without entry, and should not be stopped at the gate. Their arrival should be intimated to the kitchen. By the order of Madamji”.

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First Published on: September 5, 2014 1:37 am
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    Vivek Bopiah
    Sep 5, 2014 at 9:23 pm
    I agree. If one comes in time to the office and makes sure he/she clears the paper work at the end of the day there is no need to take files home. In any case all confidential files should not be taken out side the office.
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      B
      Sep 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm
      Most mysterious is the fact the Log Book was maintained very poorly. There should have been some responsible person at that important point. But perhaps it was so with a purpose - a matter to be probed by CBI itself.........
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        B.D.SINGH
        Sep 14, 2014 at 10:06 am
        Who will investigate this Visit Gate?
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          B
          Sep 15, 2014 at 8:28 am
          Murky world of CBI
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            Gurram Madhava Krishna Sarma
            Sep 5, 2014 at 3:35 pm
            The "Caged" Parrot has now been sufficiently "Singed" and pretty soon it will become a "Roasted" Parrot !
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              Vivek sood
              Sep 5, 2014 at 6:53 am
              With the same logic u should reward them for appointing vinod rai.
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                one_genuine
                Sep 5, 2014 at 12:57 am
                What are you arriving at?
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                  Raj
                  Sep 6, 2014 at 7:26 am
                  Out of 365 days in a year he can meet the same set of people for over 100 days. Many busy people cannot even meet their spouses for so many days in a year. Should have been very important for him to meet these people in person apart the telephonic conversations he may be having with them. What time does he have to do any investigation? Maybe he thinks his job is to scuttle them.
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                    Jugal Kishore Sharma
                    Sep 5, 2014 at 11:41 am
                    Penny and dolor game The UPA adorn post, Why are we seeking that post of justice, That is actual to set the system which culprits are safe got heaven in NDA regime. Mr. Singh element of these system and find best post by gifts when revival to UPA tone and sever organs have huge benifited
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                      Capt R
                      Sep 5, 2014 at 10:43 pm
                      Plus work as PRO or pimp , Govt need a Raid on his ets
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                        Counselor Shripad
                        Sep 5, 2014 at 1:04 am
                        ....if a visitor visits over 100 times in a year, or always "plus 1", ......... it is really shocking...it is like any Level 3 or 4 officer entertaining Public at home for official PRO functions.....!...Are these BOSSES not taught TIME MANAGEMENT in their "rigorous" training programs?......Surprising....Modi govt must BAN officers taking files home.... no "work from home", unless the data is available on-line.....provide them with breakfast, etc...on desk, if they want...and FILES GOING OUT OF OFFICE, must be recorded in IN-OUT register if inter-office movement.......Surprising that such SIMPLE PROCEDURES found in a small / medium company are also not followed in govt....at such VVIP level??????...really shameful..!
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                          Counselor Shripad
                          Sep 5, 2014 at 1:49 am
                          . early times, in a professional company, if a Senior Manager worked late - AFTER OFFICE HOURS - the Chairman would inquire to him, if he HAS BEEN OVERLOADED and if so, would give him HELP...or otherwise the person would get A HINT that he is not GOOD AT TIME MANAGEMENT and would improve on it.....Why such VIP officers HAVE TO TAKE FILES HOME?....this needs to be reviewed....
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                            Suresh Hattangadi
                            Sep 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm
                            He denied everything first.Now it appears it is only tip of the visitgate.
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                              Sushil Soni
                              Sep 5, 2014 at 6:16 am
                              Ranjit Sinha IPS was put in the saddle of CBI Director by some one. This some one MUST be punished. Why and for What reason was Sinha chosen as Top Man for CBI. Country wants answer to this starting point that will lead to all the pot s in Honest Governance
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                                tch
                                Sep 5, 2014 at 5:29 am
                                Oops ultimately cats are out of the bag, Shame on you
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                                  vijay mattoo
                                  Sep 5, 2014 at 11:20 am
                                  I worked in the Govt.,though at a lower rung,for over four decades and remember that the officers of the All India Services/central civil services till eighties would maintain highest moral standards.They would never indulge in corruption,encourage it,and public money and public service was sacred to them.Such persons are rarely seen nowadays.With the advent of economic liberalization,an atmosphere of greed and power suddenly engulfed almost all ranks in government and it replaced the earlier sentiment of public service.There are Ranjit Sinha"s ,in large numbers everywhere, in all insutions and administrative set up.
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                                    Vijayaraghavan Sethuraman Iyengar
                                    Sep 5, 2014 at 9:44 pm
                                    Files are taken out to residence to show favours and cut deals with individuals and organization.
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                                      Vijayaraghavan Sethuraman Iyengar
                                      Sep 5, 2014 at 9:42 pm
                                      That speaks volumes of their management skills
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                                        Vijayaraghavan Sethuraman Iyengar
                                        Sep 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm
                                        agreed
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