The Central Bureau of Investigation is yet to question Major Nirvikar Singh, the tainted Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer at length, as he continues to elude the investigators. Nirvikar is posted in New Delhi at present on deputation from the Indian Army.
Even though sources have said that RAW has already relieved Nirvikar of his deputation, according to the Army headquarters, the officer continues to remain ‘an officer on deputation to RAW’.
Sources said Nirvikar had proceeded on leave soon after a criminal case was registered against him on charges of possessing assets 216 times higher than his known sources of income. CBI booked Nirvikar under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act, after which he has gone ‘underground’.
The CBI says after questioning Nirvikar in detail, his bank lockers will be opened.
“The initial recoveries are merely a tip of the iceberg. He is yet to be questioned at length, after which we are expecting more of his assets to be unearthed. In case he continues to evade questioning and does not cooperate in the investigation, he would be arrested,” said a senior CBI officer.
Major Nirvikar Singh, who enjoyed a clout during his four-year tenure at the Punjab Raj Bhawan as Aide-de-Camp to the then UT Administrator, General Rodrigues, was known for his ‘interference’ in the functioning of the Chandigarh Administration.
His role in the conceptualisation and allotment of controversial mega projects was also questionable, for which the CBI had put him under surveillance since 2006.
The two projects, Multimedia-cum-Filmcity and Amusement-cum-Theme Park, are already under CBI’s scanner. The investigating agency has also named four former bureaucrats as their prime suspects in the preliminary inquiry.
‘RAW officers trained to dodge interrogations’
As part of their training, the officers posted in RAW are trained to dodge interrogations. Besides their training in infiltration and exfiltration, RAW officers are specifically trained in the art of facing or evading interrogation, in case they are caught, said a CBI officer.
-via Indian Express