And while I know that some on this board think he might be being framed, there is ZERO evidence for that (leading me to believe that these conspiracy theories are the real guesses), than there seems to be, suggesting that news reports might be correct. Seems to really be a scam a day these days. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... z16BgMvZ00
MHA 'mole' sought cash, sex as bribe
Rahul Tripathi & Himanshi Dhawan, TNN, Nov 24, 2010, 12.44am IST
NEW DELHI: Investigations have revealed that Ravi Inder Singh, the 1994 batch IAS officer in the home ministry detained on Monday, ran a commission racket demanding cash and sex from firms in return for getting their files cleared.
Singh and a middleman, Vineet, were arrested on Tuesday night. Special cell sleuths said Singh's conversations reveal an elaborate modus operandi that included transactions through Vineet, code words and use of many SIMs.
Singh, who worked in the sensitive internal security department of MHA, would remain anonymous in the deals. While briefing his go-between, a businessman named Vineet, Singh referred to paid sex as 'software' and the hotel venue as 'hardware'. Words such as 'ladoo', 'gud' and 'prasad' would be used for money transactions.
Singh's cover was blown by a US-based telecom company which had been recently given clearance for FDI in mobile number portability (MNP) in a joint venture with an Indian firm. The file had come to Singh since the New Jersey-based firm also operated in Pakistan. According to MHA, the company whose India office is in Gurgaon, was cleared on merit on November 12.
Police said that Vineet, who runs a food processing unit in West Bengal, had known the IAS officer for 10 years and allegedly cut deals on Singh's behalf. The cops have picked up Vineet and booked him for criminal conspiracy. He is likely to be arrested soon. Singh is also under detention and Delhi Police has registered a case under prevention of corruption act against him.
A police officer said, after the US-based firm complained that a bribe had been demanded for clearing its file in the home ministry, a surveillance was mounted to zero in on the official involved. The telecom firm reportedly informed MHA officials about Vineet after which his mobile phone was tapped. He used to operate using different mobiles and often changed his SIM cards. Singh, while talking to him, never revealed his own name so it became difficult for us to identify the man," said a senior police officer.
"It was when the file reached Singh for clearance, he started making calls to Vineet. Singh also passed information about the company to the middleman," the officer said. The police team then zeroed in on Singh and learnt that he had allegedly cut deals with other companies as well. Singh himself who sported five mobile phones. Singh was handling almost 5,000 security-related cases in four sectors.