CBI raids suspended bureaucrat’s flats, seizes costly watches, foreign liquor

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Expensive watches, foreign liquor and jewellry are some of the items that have been confiscated by the CBI, in raids on eight flats belonging to a senior Delhi government bureaucrat .

The flats came under scanner of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who calculated the properties’ worth as between Rs 15 crore and Rs 20 crore. Among the flats, three are in Noida, two in Greater Noida, two in Gurgaon and one in Safdarjung Enclave in south Delhi. The flats are located in some of the most expensive sectors of  the NCR.

“We will probe if the said properties qualify for a disproportionate assets case against Sanjay Pratap Singh,” said an official source.

On 9 December, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said that, the arrest of the IAS officer, who has been suspended, will serve as a lesson to the corrupt. He said, “I had received complaints about him, but there was no proof.” 

Singh was accused of visiting Kasual, Lahol Spiti and Manali, allegedly on government expenses, when he was sent as an observer during the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls.

His journey came to an unlikely end on 9 December when he was caught red-handed in a trap set by the CBI. This was after CBI was approached by the complainant, apparently an AAP volunteer, and accused Singh of demanding a bribe from him to clear pending bills. AAP claimed the complainant did so on Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s directions.

The CBI gave Singh’s PA the money, who upon checking it, pocketed Rs 20,000. He took the remaining to the Vikas Minar office in ITO, where Singh was allegedly waiting in his car. As soon as the PA gave the money to Singh, the CBI officers arrested him.