Senior CBI officer tipped off Singla on raids: Affidavit

A CBI officer of Deputy Inspector General rank has found himself in the middle of the “seat-for-sale” scam in Railway Board after a junior officer alleged that he (DIG) tipped off the main accused, who is also the kin of former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, about the May 3 raids.

Hundreds of BJP supporters on Monday held a demonstration in the city protesting against DIG Mahesh Aggarwal of the CBI. Aggarwal, a 1994-batch Tamil Nadu-cadre IPS officer, is considered to be close to the Bansal family.

At least 10 BJP activists were injured after police used water cannons to stop them from marching towards the CBI office. The protest was led by senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan, who accused the officer of shielding Pawan Bansal.

In an affidavit filed before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on May 15, CBI inspector Balbir Kumar had said that Aggarwal leaked information about the raid to Vijay Singla, the nephew of Pawan Bansal. The CBI has denied any such “leak” and said Balbir Singh was not part of the raiding team.

The affidavit further said the alleged involvement of DIG Mahesh Aggarwal allowed Singla to destroy evidence. Balbir has also challenged his transfer before CAT.

The BJP has demanded Aggarwal’s immediate suspension and a high-level probe into the allegations.

Aggarwal joined as a superintendent of police in 2006 and was later promoted to the DIG rank. He has remained in Chandigarh ever since.

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