In a major jolt to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) JP Singh, one of the agency’s former Joint Directors (JD), was arrested on Tuesday by theCentral Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly receiving bribes tomanipulate the probe into the IPL cricket-betting scam which he was overseeing.JP Singh, a 2000-batch Indian Revenue Service officer of the Customsand Excise wing, has accused of favouring an accused in the IPL cricket-betting scam and diluting the probe.
Sources said Singh was part of ED’s Ahmedabad unit which was probingtwo important cases — Rs 2,000 crore IPL betting scandal and Rs 5,000 crore money laundering case against alleged hawala operator Afroz Fatta in which the suspects allegedly sought favours.
Along with Singh, CBI also arrested another official of the ED namedSanjay Kumar who according to officials was posted as the Assistant Director in the agency. Two other private persons Bimal Aggarwal and Chandresh Patel were arrested as well and agency did not rule out the possibility of further arrests.
CBI officials said the arrested accused have been booked under criminal conspiracy, misconduct and other sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. All the four were arrested and produced before a designated court which granted them a transit remand till February 23 sothat they can be produced before the CBI court in Ahmedabad.