New Delhi: Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer Rajeshwar Singh has been sanctioned three-months leave to pursue a course in Law, news agency ANI reported on Tuesday. Singh was the chief investigating officer for 2G cases and has handed over all his charges.
The officer’s last task was filing a charge sheet under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against former finance minister P Chidambaram on October 25. Singh’s leave was sanctioned by the then ED Director Karnal Singh. Karnal Singh retired from the agency on October 27.
The leave has been sanctioned till the completion of the course which is understood to be of two years. The officials said Rajeshwar, who completed his LLB recently, had sent his leave application 3-4 months back but was not allowed to undertake the course as the Aircel-Maxis charge sheets against P Chidambaram and his son Karti was pending among few other important cases.
They added that the leave sanction order mentions that Rajeshwar a joint director-rank officer, will be available whenever he is required for “assistance in investigations or trial in court” with regard to cases probed by him, including the 2G spectrum allocation and the Aircel-Maxis money laundering cases.
The government had subsequently launched an investigation against Rajeshwar for writing a letter in which he had made a scathing attack on the then revenue secretary (presently finance secretary) Hasmukh Adhia questioning him if he has developed animosity against him by “siding with scamsters and their affiliates”? Sources said Rajeshwar has subsequently issued a notice seeking an explanation for alleged “insubordination” in context of this letter by the revenue department, to which he has replied with a “regret” and had explained his side of the story.
They added that the said letter written by Rajeshwar, a Uttar Pradesh cadre police officer who was later absorbed in the ED, was sent through “official channels” to the agency’s chief but it was never forwarded to Adhia.
The accusations of alleged irregularities made against Rajeshwar were probed by the ED, the CBI, and the CVC, and a report was sent to the court and the government stating that there was “no merit” in the allegations and hence the inquiry was closed.
(With PTI inputs)