Stung by a recent CBI notice to the Railways on his alleged possession of three official houses,U S Jha,head of the All India Railway Protection Force Association,sent a defamation notice against CBI Director Ranjit Sinha claiming damages worth Rs 51 lakh.
However Sinha said he has not received any notice. The correspondence was between the Railway Board and the CBI where we informed them regarding the misuse and waste of public money. We have not named any person in our communication with the board, Sinha said.
The notice sent on Monday alleged that the CBI director was on a mission to seek vendetta against Jha because he had complained to the Railway Board,the Railway Minister and the Central Vigilance Commission about Sinhas alleged wrongdoings as the DG-RPF in the past.
Acting on the CBIs notice in April,the security directorate at Railway Board had last week cancelled two of the three allotments of official quarters. But the defamation notice claims that the allotments were in the name of the association and its Northern Railway affiliate and were not used by Jha personally.
The CBI in a press release on May 15 clarified that it had sent a notice to the Railways without any mala fide intention against anyone but was merely discharging its duty of alerting a government department about the misuse of public money.