Thursday, December 10, 2015

CBI recovers 31 gold bars, property documents from arrested IAS officer; “Take all such officers back”, Delhi Dy CM to Centre

Sanjay Pratap Singh is a 54-year old AGMUT cadre IAS officer of 1984 batch. Rank: Principal Secretary to Delhi government. Current status: arrested, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2.2 lakh from owner of a company supplying guards to Delhi government. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which laid a trap to catch the officer with the cash, unofficially claimed on Wednesday that it had so far recovered 31 gold bars (weighing 3.20 kilograms and worth about Rs 82 lakh), documents related to eight properties in Safdarjung Enclave, Sector 56 in Gurgaon, Sector 44 and Sector 50 of Noida, Greater Noida etc., and fixed deposit receipts of over Rs…
one crore. It’s claimed that the officer has five bank lockers, and only the one, which is jointly held by the officer and his wife, was opened on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has warned officers working in Delhi, saying the state government won’t tolerate corruption. He further said that the government had been keeping an eye on Singh as the complainant also approached chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to complain that the officer was asking for bribe every time to clear his bills. Even Sisodia had once made a surprise visit to the officer’s cabin.
Here is the message from the deputy chief minister: “We want to give a clear message to officers involved in corruption that they won’t be spared...Singh’s arrest message is if you are corrupt, we won’t spare you irrespective of whether you are a peon, MLAs, officer or minister…We want Centre to take all such officers (corrupt) back and we are ready for this.”
The Delhi government has recommended immediate suspension of the officer. The Centre has to take a call on the suspension now.
Singh, an MA and LLB, originally hails from Delhi. Being in AGMUT cadre, he had served many a state –deputy commissioner in Dibang Valley and Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh, collector at Haveli, joint secretary in Mizoram, special commissioner in Delhi, administrator in Lakshwadweep etc. He also served as MD in Delhi Khadi Village Industries Board, Member Secretary in OBC Commission and principal secretary of the department of welfare of scheduled caste, scheduled tribes and minorities in the Delhi government.
The officer also has a degree on foreign trade -- Executive Masters in International Trade.


  1. Kudos for catching such Moles who eat the System from within.

  2. One IAS officer after another. Many have been jailed in 2G scam, coal scam and major corruption issues in India.

    Time has come when IAS cadre needs to be abolished. Padma Vibushan Verghese Kurien and Parma Vibushan NR Narayana Murthy have earlier called for abolition of the IAS cadre.

    7th Pay Commission should rectify the boat parity and time has come to remember that ICS framework and ICS officers were primarily responsible for looting and poverty in India.

  3. Today IAS is responsible for all ills plaguing the country. IAS is a termite which eats into India's fabric. India will never prosper until IAS rules it. Its high time IAS is abolished immediately for India to prosper.

  4. Here are excerpts from Lok Sabha proceedings, held shortly after independence, when the abolition of ICS was debated. A member quipped: - “It is time we abolished the ICS, it is neither Indian nor civil and certainly what they do, is not Service”. But , the anglophiles in Lok Sabha overruled the suggestion by sheer “ tyranny of numbers “. This is how the monstrosity of a new bureaucracy was born .

    A K Saxena ( A retd civil servant)

    1. But sir, these people have the unique capacity to manipulate things as per the whims and fancies of the politicians in power and to facilitate the loot of public resources.Please see how the IAS topper of 81 batch, who was sent to jail on serious corruption charges, is being shielded by the state govt.Even Mr Modi is not in a position to bring real experts through lateral entry because of the organized lobbying by this mafia.I dont think their power is going to diminish in near future despite some isolated instances of one or two being punished occasionally.Their harassive dominance is going to continue for some more time until some strong democratic leader can show them the door.

  5. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday apprehended a Joint Commissioner of Income Tax Department here for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh.

    As per a CBI official, SK Jhangre was arrested from his Mumbai office. The probe agency registered a case on a complaint that Jhangre threatened to re-open the firm`s Income Tax assessment files.

    "The joint commissioner also threatened the CA (chartered accountant) of the complainant, and said he (the firm`s owner) should come and meet him for settling the Income Tax matter," said a CBI official, as per IANS.

    The official said the joint commissioner allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 30 lakh to settle the matter.

    "The bribe amount was negotiated to Rs 25 lakh and the accused agreed to accept Rs 5 lakh as first instalment at his office premises in Piramal Chambers in Mumbai," the CBI official said.

    The official said the joint commissioner was held while accepting the bribe of Rs 5 lakh from the complainant.

  6. The Joint Commissioner referred to in the previous post started his career as Direct Recruit Inspector recruited through Staff Selection Commission. He was conferred IRS in 2006/07.