CBI says RAW mishandled missing spy’s case

March 6th, 2008 - 9:27 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) The Interpol refused to issue a notice against Rabindra Singh, joint director of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) who fled the country in 2004, because the country’s external intelligence agency failed to provide necessary information, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has said. At a high-level review meeting called by the government last month, the CBI contended that the Interpol refused to issue a Red Corner notice against Rabindra Singh because of RAW’s failure to provide additional information about him, a CBI official told IANS Thursday.

The Interpol in 2007 declined to issue a Red Corner notice against Singh, saying the charges against him appear to be “political” in nature.

“RAW was required to find out whether Singh had assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. However, it did not provide any information despite several reminders,” the official said.

The Interpol also sought information on the sensitive department Singh handled and secrets allegedly leaked by him, but RAW did not give any information.

On the contrary, RAW blamed the CBI for failing to secure a Red Corner notice against Singh.

Invoking special provisions in the law, the government ordered RAW to investigate the matter and prosecute the guilty.

Singh was facing a probe after he was caught carrying sensitive files and classified information out of his office. He was also found photocopying documents not related to his work.

He disappeared in May 2004, much to the embarrassment of the government.

Singh was later booked under the Official Secrets Act for reportedly compromising national security.

Singh, currently believed to be in New York, managed to escape to the US though Nepal with the help of undercover operatives of a western intelligence organisation, CBI sources said.

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