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I was transferred for refusing to ‘help’ DIG,says CBI inspector

A trap was laid to arrest a patwari in February this year.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 21, 2013 1:54:02 am

Inspector Balbir Singh,of the CBI,has alleged that he was transferred from Chandigarh because he refused to “help” the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mahesh Aggarwal in shielding Rajiv Gupta,Joint Commissioner,Municipal Corporation (MC),Chandigarh in a trap case.

A trap was laid to arrest a patwari in February this year. After arrest,the patwari had named Gupta as one of the major beneficiaries of the illegal gratification.

Countering the accusations,the CBI on Monday produced the entire record to demonstrate that Balbir Singh was transferred on the directions of senior CBI officers of Delhi. The reason,it said,was that an internal probe had found Balbir Singh’s conduct unsatisfactory.

Also,there was a complaint by a CBI officer against Balbir Singh,that Singh was trying to influence the investigation in a “hypersensitive” murder case being carried out by the CBI officer.

“In February 2013,a colleague Investigating Officer levelled serious allegations of interference in investigation of a hypersensitive murder case. He was transferred from Chandigarh on May 1 following this complaint,” the SP CBI Vineet Brijal said in a written communication on Monday.

Meanwhile,the arguments which were held today in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT),the counsel for CBI produced certain documents and confidential case files to prove that Inspector Balbir Singh’s transfers were legal and justified.

Sumeet Goel,counsel for CB,I argued,“In the year 2008,Inspector Balbir Singh was transferred following a CBI vigilance inquiry. A report was sent to the CBI head office,New Delhi according to which he was to be transferred out of the city. But,citing ill health of his wife,his transfer was reviewed. The recent transfers were followed by a complaint against him”.

Goel added,“Balbir Singh was facing serious allegations for trying to influence the inquiry officer in a case against three politicians of Haryana who are facing murder charges against them”.

When contacted,Advocate Rohit Seth,counsel for Balbir Singh,said,“We will wait for the court orders before commenting upon any point in the case. My client is facing a lot of pressure from the top officials of CBI following his move in the CAT”.

Balbir Singh had also alleged that he was transferred before the trap was laid to arrest Vijay Singla,nephew of former Union Minister for Railways,Pawan Kumar Bansal in the infamous Railway Bribery scam as the DIG Mahesh Agarwal had leaked the information about the trap and Balbir knew about the same.

To this,the CBI officers have replied that “He (Balbir) had no role in searches in the railway bribery scam. Rather,his transfer orders were served to him two days before the Delhi police team had come to Chandigarh to lay the trap”.

CBI officers have also claimed that Balbir Singh had made no complaints of pressure when a trap was laid against a patwari of the Municipal Corporation.

“He has made false and malicious allegation against the organization and on the senior officers to take the revenge of his transfer and cover his misdeeds,” said the CBI officers.

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