Joint Director with the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Rajeshwar Singh has proceeded on a long leave to pursue legal studies. He proceeded on leave after filing the chargesheet against former finance minister P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case.
Sources said that Rajeshwar Singh had applied for a two-year leave with former ED Director Karnal Singh, who retired on October 27, to pursue his LLM. Karnal Singh is learnt to have approved the leave before his retirement.
Notably, in a communication to the Cabinet Secretary on October 24, CBI Special Director Asthana had said that Rajeshwar Singh along with CBI Director Alok Verma were trying to tarnish his image.
Rajeshwar Singh has been associated with some very important cases in the past decade, including the 2G case, the Aircel-Maxis deal case, the CWG scam case, Sahara case and INX media case. He had been given blanket protection from any investigation of professional misconduct against him by the Supreme Court. This was recently lifted by the apex court, following which he was issued a chargesheet by the Ministry of Finance and a preliminary enquiry too was initiated against him by the ministry.
Officials said that Rajeshwar Singh, who completed his LLB recently, had sent his leave application 3-4 months ago but was not allowed to undertake the course as the Aircel-Maxis chargesheets against Chidambaram and his son Karti were pending apart from some other important cases. Rajeshwar Singh filed a prosecution complaint against Chidambaram on October 25.
Sources said the leave sanction order mentions that Rajeshwar Singh would be available whenever he is required for “assistance in investigations or trial in court” with regard to cases probed by him, including the 2G spectrum allocation and Aircel-Maxis cases.
Rajeshwar Singh has handed over his charge of joint director (Lucknow zone) of the ED, sources said.
The Finance Ministry had submitted a report to the Supreme Court in June apparently carrying details of a phone call received by Rajeshwar Singh from Dubai. The report alleged that he had received the call from an ISI agent. Karnal Singh had then defended Rajeshwar Singh, issuing a statement saying that the call had been taken on record and was received in connection with information related to bank frauds.