FIR: Rodrigues’s ex-ADC has assets 216 times more than income

From a penthouse to one kanal plot; a plush bungalow to flats in posh localities of Gurgaon and Delhi; Nirvikar Singh,the tainted Aide-de-Camp...

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Published: July 19, 2010 1:49 am

From a penthouse to one kanal plot; a plush bungalow to flats in posh localities of Gurgaon and Delhi; Nirvikar Singh,the tainted Aide-de-Camp (ADC) of former Punjab Governor-cum-Chandigarh Administrator General (retd) S F Rodrigues,has amassed a lot of wealth in his and his family’s name in a span of just two years. These two years were the last of his tenure as ADC in Chandigarh.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI),in the FIR registered against Nirvikar,his mother,Kiran Singh,and brother,Jagrut Singh,has estimated the officer’s assets to be 216 times disproportionate to his known sources of income. According to sources,the Central agency has also sealed Nirvikar’s 12 lockers,which it thinks could provide more information about the latter’s unknown assets.

The FIR registered by CBI (a copy of which is with The Indian Express) mentions details of some of the properties owned by Nirvikar,his mother and brother. It also states that Nirvikar had purchased these properties in his and his family’s name.

The FIR reads: “An information has been received that Major Nirvikar Singh (IC 59282 F) s/o Late Ashok Singh,a Commissioned Officer of the Indian Army,presently on deputation to Research and Analysis Wing (RAW),Cabinet Secretariat,New Delhi,has amassed huge assets in his own name and in the name of his family members,which are disproportionate to his known sources of income.”

In the FIR,the CBI has mentioned Nirvikar’s total gross salary (from 1995-2010) as Rs 40.85 lakh; his mother,Kiran Singh’s salary (from 1994-2010) to be Rs 1.37 crore; and his brother,Jagrut Singh’s salary (from 2000-2010) as Rs 1.15 crore. However,the three have owned assets worth over Rs 9.32 crore in a span of two years.

The FIR further reads: “The suspect (Nirvikar Singh) is an Army Officer,which entitles him to canteen facilities,free ration,etc. Further,he still is a bachelor. Hence,for the purpose of calculation,the expenditure for the check period has been taken as nil. The facts disclose prima facie the commission of offence punishable under Section 109 IPC (abetment) and 13 (2) read with 13 (1) of Prevention of Corruption Act,1988 against Major Nirvikar Singh,his mother,Kiran Singh,and brother,Jagrut Singh. A regular case is therefore registered.”

Sources have also expressed the possibility that the total value of assets amassed by Nirvikar could be much more.

“M/s Emrald Estates Pvt Ltd is a registered company having its office at 1513,Bhism Pitamah Marg,Kotla Mubarakpur,New Delhi. It has Kiran Singh,Jagrut Singh and Raj K Gupta,a Chandigarh resident,as directors. The company has authorised share capital of five lakh equity shares of Rs 10 each and its issued share capital is 10,000 equity shares of Rs 10 each. Jagrut Singh is holding 9,900 shares and Raj Kumar Gupta is holding 100 shares. M/s Emrald Estates Pvt Ltd is a company controlled and managed by the family members of the suspect officer (Nirvikar Singh),” the FIR states.

While the CBI had scrutinised Nirvikar’s activities since 2005 onwards (mentioned as check period in the FIR),most of the properties unearthed by CBI were purchased in the years 2007-2009.

“The booking value of the properties owned by Nirvikar and his family is much less than their actual worth. It is a known fact that the market price of these properties listed at a few lakhs could in reality be a few crores. It can’t be ruled out that he must have had some benami properties as well,which can only be known once we interrogate him in detail,” said an officer investigating the case.

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