Official accused of spying moves for bail

Friday, February 11, 2011

NEW DELHI - A senior home ministry official accused of leaking sensitive information in return for sexual favours moved his bail application in a court here Friday.

Suspended IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh and his accomplice and Kolkata-based businessman Vineet Kumar have been chargesheeted by police for allegedly hatching a conspiracy and for destroying evidence.

Singh Jan 28 withdrew his bail plea from the Delhi High Court after police filed the chargesheet a day before he was to complete 60 days in judicial custody.

In his bail plea to Special Judge Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal, Singh said the Special Cell of Delhi Police had already completed its probe.

“The investigation of the case now stands concluded and hence there is no apprehension of the applicant (Singh) interfering with the course of investigation or destroying any documentary evidence,” the bail plea said.

The court fixed Feb 21 to hear the application.

Citing his “impeccable record”, the IAS officer described himself as “a victim of some deep-rooted conspiracy”.

“The applicant has had an impeccable record as a government servant and is only a victim of some deep-rooted conspiracy,” reads Singh’s bail plea.

The court has taken cognisance of the 2,343-page chargesheet filed against Singh by the Delhi Police.

It contains the transcripts of the recorded conversations of Singh and co-accused Kumar, police said.

Police have named 45 people as prosecution witnesses.

The chargesheet claims that as many as 12,000 calls of the accused were intercepted and the officer used words like “software” for flesh trade and “hardware” for hotels which he sought as bribes.

Singh and Kumar, his alleged middleman, were arrested Nov 23, 2010.

Instead of government accommodation, Singh chose to stay in a private guest house and the monthly rent of Rs.50,000 was paid by Kumar’s company since the officer moved to New Delhi from Kolkata last year, police said.

Kumar obliged the officer as he wanted information about security clearances of a file relating to Britain-based Telcordia Technologies, the police alleged.

He was also accused of acting at the behest of a US-based telecom company to procure information relating to some

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