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Moin-ex-CBI chief’s chats prove nexus

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Moin-ex-CBI chief’s chats prove nexus

Documents accessed by The Pioneer reveal that controversial meat exporter Moin Akhtar Qureshi used his proximity with former CBI Director AP Singh to favour influential people and extort money. The messages exchanged between Singh and Qureshi reveal tell-tale indications of quid pro quo.

Qureshi also used his “connections” to make a bid for concession agreement from Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) for running lounge services at Terminal 3 at Indira Gandhi International Airport. The BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) chats between Qureshi and Singh confirm this. Qureshi made the bid through his company, India Premier Services Private Limited.

“The permission required involvement of various Government agencies for providing security clearances. The BBM chats and interceptions indicate that certain Government servants were in close touch with Moin Akhtar Qureshi, and some other Government servants dealing with the case were providing information to him about the movement of the file. Other public servants not connected with the case were persuading the officers in malafide way to give permission. Some conversations have reference to facilitation money changing hands,” said the Enforcement Directorate’s document sent to the CBI for investigation in Qureshi’s case. 

In this connection, Qureshi sent a BBM message to Singh on September 24, 2013, saying, “Sir, please look into the issue I spoke to you about yesterday. I just got a call from DIAL also to have it cleared ASAP. Thanks.”

Qureshi apparently approached Singh to get then Intelligence Bureau chief Asif Ibrahim’s help for setting up the lounge in the sensitive zone at the international airport in Delhi.  This is revealed by Singh’s reply to him just 17 minutes after the message.

“Sir, I don’t know Asif well enough to request him directly, but I know people who know him well. But somebody has to brief what the problem is in detail. I can fix the meeting for Thursday,” Singh stated in his message. In another message to Qureshi, Singh said, “Ok, let me know when u r coming back. U may need to go through Shinde.”

However, Intelligence Bureau did not give the security clearance.

The FIR against Singh is based on a complaint filed by ED Assistant Director Arun Kumar.

The CBI has got at least 25 messages which suggest that Singh and Qureshi were in touch with each other. Out of the messages, three belong to the period when Singh was the CBI Director in which the meat exporter had sought “help” for a family friend.

In a message to Qureshi, Singh stated, “Sir I have spoken to Nehchal who said he would convey to Bhardwaj.

Should get the feedback today. I have told Kapadia for 20th to 26th. Hope I left my ipad mini in London. Request Nasreen if she can bring it. Rangs will coordinate. Many Tks.”

In another message, Qureshi said to Singh, “From the file you left with me in Lon in the restaurant would you need some documents from there.”  Singh replied, “Just some very small papers. Only in Lon for two days. tks”.

“Ok. Sir 500 words essay is good or 1,000 words. Size of your jacket and shirt please, fast thanks,” Qureshi messaged Singh, to which he replied, “500. 40 cm and 16 collar size.”

However, Singh had informed Qureshi that the case had been charge sheeted and that his friend should approach court for relief, according to the messages cited by ED.

On August 8, 2016, ED Director Karnal Singh had written to then CBI Director Anil Sinha stating, “During the course of investigation under Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 against AMQ group of companies and Moin Akhtar Qureshi, it is revealed that he has been indulging as a middleman for certain public servants. The analysis of records discloses the commission of cognizable offences.” He forwarded a letter from the Investigation Officer Arun Kumar along with BBM chats.

The FIR filed on February 16 stated, “Karnal Singh, Director of Enforcement, New Delhi has forwarded a complaint of the Investigating Officer Arun Kumar, Assistant Director along with enclosures.”

A perusal of the complaint shows that neither Karnal Singh nor Arun Kumar have given any details about specific transactions which, they believe, might have taken place between Singh and Qureshi. 

The ED has also not specified in its complaint which specific favours were given by Singh and how he was benefited from Qureshi. The complaint takes the name of Qureshi but only talks about senior officials and politicians in generic terms.

The CBI has registered cases against Singh, Pradeep Koneru, owner of Trimex Group of companies, Qureshi of AMQ group of companies and Aditya Sharma, an employee of Qureshi, for criminal conspiracy, taking illegal gratification to influence a public servant and for exercise of personal influence with public servant and abuse of official position by public servant.

The ED also alleged that Qureshi has collected huge amount of money in this manner as he was in connivance with the public servants and thereby able to illegally acquire immovable property situated outside India.    

In his letter to the CBI, Kumar also listed properties. He said that he has flat number 4 at Chesterfield House, at South Audely House, Mayfair W1K IHA, London, flat number 2902, 29th Floor Paramount Sheikh Zyed Road in Dubai , 265 East, 66 Street, Second Avenue Apartment 2G, Sollo Building Apartment in New York (USA), Flat number 6, Temasek, Boulevard, 24-01, Suntech Tower IV in Singapore, Flat number 6, Fitzhar Dinge House, 12-14 Portman Square W1-H6-LQ in London, Flat in Marina Dubai and apartment in Burj Al Khalifa, Dubai.



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