CBI arrests former ED jt director on bribery charges

The Central Bureau of Investigation arrested former Enforecement Directorate Joint Director J P Singh and three others on charges of bribery to dilute probe in the IPL spot fixing scandal.

Singh, a 2000 batch IRS officer of Customs and Excise cadre, was suspended from ED and repatriated to his cadre after CBI registered a case against him in September 2015. Singh was arrested along with his then deputy in ED Sanjay Kumar, Mumbai-based middleman Bimal Agrawal and Gujarat-based bookie Chandresh Patel.

According to sources, J P Singh, through his conduits, “extorted” bribe money in several crores of rupees from several bookies who were being probed by the ED under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). A team led by J P Singh in ED’s Ahmedabad unit was probing the Rs 2,000-crore IPL betting scandal and the Rs 5,000 crore money laundering case against alleged hawala operator Afroz Fatta.

It is suspected that J P Singh may have taken anywhere between Rs 7 crore to Rs 10 crore in bribe money from bookies and hawala dealers during the IPL probe.

CBI sources said bookies who accepted Singh’s conditions were given immunity from ED raids and were never called to its office for questioning.