The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested a former Joint Director of the Enforcement Directorate and three others for allegedly receiving bribe from accused in an Indian Premier League (IPL)-betting case.
The arrested officer J P Singh was being probed by CBI on the basis of a complaint received from the ED.
Besides Singh, three others arrested, include ED official Sanjay Kumar and two middlemen Vimal Agarwal and Chandresh Patel.
The corruption case was registered by the agency in September 2015. It was alleged that Singh and other government officials of the Enforcement Directorate while investigating cases of money laundering in IPL-betting and other such activities had allegedly demanded and accepted huge illegal gratification from the accused and suspect persons in the cases.
A 2000-batch Indian Revenue Service officer of the Customs and Excise wing, Singh has now moved to his parent cadre as Commissioner, Customs and Excise wing, of Indian Revenue Service.
"It has been alleged that certain officers of Enforcement Directorate while investigating the cases of money laundering in betting and other such activities have allegedly demanded and accepted huge illegal gratification from the accused and suspect persons in the said cases," a statement from the CBI had said after registering a case against Singh.
The ED's Ahmedabad unit was probing the Rs 2,000-crore IPL betting scandal, and the Rs 5,000-crore money laundering case against alleged hawala operator Afroz Fatta, in which the suspects allegedly sought favours, said sources.
CBI had said huge bribe amount was allegedly taken by these officers as quid pro quo for various acts of omission and commission.
The case against Singh and unknown ED officials has been registered under the provisions of criminal conspiracy under Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act.
Sources said the ED Director had received multiple complaints from various quarters about the alleged demand for bribe by the senior officials of its Ahmedabad unit.
The complaints were forwarded to the CBI.