Principal Secy of Rajasthan Mines Dept Arrested in Graft Case
IAS officer Ashok Singhvi, Principal Secy of Mines Department, caught with bribe of Rs 2.55 crore.
Senior Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Officer and Principal Secretary (Mines) Ashok Singhvi was arrested by Rajasthan’s Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday in an alleged case of graft involving Rs 2.55 crore.
He was detained in Jaipur on Wednesday evening after five persons including two senior officers of his department were arrested in connection with the case in Udaipur and Bhilwara on Wednesday.
IAS officer Ashok Singhvi was arrested at 3 AM. A search operation was launched at his residence at hospital road in Jaipur last evening and list of seizure is being prepared.
— Dinesh, MN IG-ACB
A team of ACB conducted preliminary interrogation of Singhvi at his residence on Wednesday night and took him to the ACB office later where he was arrested.
Before his arrest, the ACB conducted three raids in Udaipur and Bhilwara and claimed to have seized total illicit cash of Rs 3.82 crore. Rs 2.55 crore (out of the total seizure) was to be delivered allegedly to Singhvi and other officers, according to ACB officials.
According to DG-ACB Navdeep Singh, Rs 2.55 crore allegedly came from a Chittorgarh-based mines owner Sher Khan in exchange of allowance to restart operation in six of his mines closed down by mines department.
(With PTI inputs)
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