CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has ordered an internal inquiry after his team did not arrest Bhushan Steel vice-chairman Neeraj Singhal during searches at his residence in the Syndicate Bank bribery case, despite clear instructions to pick him up. “We have ordered an internal inquiry into the non-arrest of Neeraj Singhal by our team,” Sinha said on Tuesday.
When the CBI team reached Neeraj Singhal’s residence on Friday to carry out searches in connection with alleged bribe of Rs 50 lakh to Syndicate Bank Chairman cum Managing Director S K Jain, he was present there, CBI sources said.
Despite directions from the CBI chief, the team returned from his residence without arresting him after serving a notice under Section 160 of CrPC, asking Singhal to appear before the agency on Saturday. The sources said soon after the team left, Singhal allegedly escaped and has not been arrested still despite repeated attempts by CBI. Singhal has filed an anticipatory bail application in a local court which will come up for hearing on Wednesday.
A senior official said an internal inquiry has been ordered to find out why the orders from the CBI director were not followed by the team. Another middleman, realtor Purushottam Totlani, has also not been arrested.