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Saradha scam: Top MHA official faces probe for bid to ‘stall’ Matang Singh’s arrest

CBI sources said that during his interrogation, Sinh had also named the senior Home Ministry official.

Written by Vijaita Singh , Sagnik Chowdhury | New Delhi | Updated: February 4, 2015 11:43:08 am
Matang Sinh was arrested in Kolkata last week. (Express) Matang Sinh was arrested in Kolkata last week. (Express)

A top Home Ministry official is under the scanner for allegedly attempting to stall the arrest of former Union minister Matang Sinh by the CBI in the Saradha case. According to sources, the official, who has an old and close association with Sinh, reportedly called up a CBI official in this connection.

Sources said the Prime Minister’s Office has been briefed, and is likely to take appropriate action.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh may seek a clarification from the officer on Wednesday as he was busy with the Delhi assembly poll campaign today.
Repeated calls and text messages to Home Secretary Anil Goswami for his comments on the issue went unanswered.

“The Home Minister has  been apprised of the matter and he will take appropriate action when he has all the facts on his table. We are yet to hear anything from the CBI officially. We are keeping a close watch on the developments. If this has happened, it is a serious misuse of power,” said a top Home Ministry official.

Sinh was given Z-plus security during this official’s tenure. CBI sources said that during his interrogation, Sinh had also named the senior Home Ministry official.

While top CBI officers did not respond to queries on the issue, a CBI spokesperson said, “These are matters of investigation, and hence we would not like to comment. Officers of the CBI work to uphold the motto of industry, impartiality and integrity.”

Sinh, who was named by main accused Sudipta Sen in a letter to CBI last year, was arrested in Kolkata on Saturday.

CBI sources said investigations into the Saradha scam had revealed that Sinh had close links with “the higher echelons of the bureaucracy”, and had influenced appointments to key positions. As a result of “this deep nexus”, he was allegedly extorting money by flouting his close proximity to bureaucrats, said sources.

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