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Sinha’s fodder probe questioned

As DIG during the fodder scam, he was shifted out of the investigation for conducting a shoddy probe.

OUR CORRESPONDENT  New Delhi | 4th May 2013

Ranjit Sinha

he recent transfer order of four officers investigating the Bihar fodder scam on the instruction of CBI director Ranjit Sinha has once again raised eyebrows regarding Sinha's proximity with those accused in the fodder scam. The said transfer order given by Sinha three months ago was stayed by the Supreme Court this week on a complaint filed by JD(U) Member of Parliament Rajiv Ranjan Singh. The transfer orders have now been annulled.

This is not for the first time that the court had to intervene in a matter involving Sinha in relation to the fodder scam. Sinha, who was earlier posted as a DIG in Patna during the scam, was, on the direction of the High Court, shifted out of the investigation team for conducting a shoddy probe.

Sinha faced the ire of the Patna High Court, which passed strictures against him after his senior, U.N. Biswas, the then Joint Director (Eastern Region), told the court that the Action Taken Report (ATR), which was prepared by Sinha, and presented before the court was not the original report.

According to Biswas' submission, his report contained more damaging information than the one that was submitted by Sinha. The High Court, after going through the report prepared by Sinha termed it as "sketchy and truncated".

The bonhomie between Lalu Prasad Yadav, one of the main accused in the fodder scam and Ranjit Sinha, who is a Bihar cadre officer can be gauged from the fact that during his stint as the Railway Minister, Lalu Yadav kept the post of Director General (DG) Railway Protection Force vacant until the time Sinha was elevated to the rank of DG.

Sinha's father-in-law, Gyanendra Narayan, who was heading the Vigilance Department during the fodder scam, had come under fire for not taking timely action against the scam accused even though he had substantial information and evidence.

The anti-corruption vigilance unit police officer, Bidhu Bhushan Dvivedi, who had submitted a report to Narayan pointing out the fodder scam and the possible involvement of senior politicians, was transferred and then suspended by Narayan.

Dvivedi later became a witness in the case and his suspension was later revoked.

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