YP Singh had served as the chief secretary in Tripura during the previous Left Front government in the state
YP Singh had served as the chief secretary in Tripura during the previous Left Front government in the state|Representational image
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Tripura PWD scam: Ex-chief secy YP Singh arrested from Ghaziabad

Former chief secretary YP Singh was booked along with former PWD minister Badal Choudhury and former chief engineer Sunil Bhowmik in October 13 last year

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: The Tripura police on Monday arrested former chief secretary YP Singh from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, almost 128 days after being booked in case of PWD scam amounting to more than Rs 600 crore.

Speaking with reporters, Puneet Rastogi, additional director general, crime branch, confirmed that Singh was apprehended by a team of Tripura police from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh on Monday morning.

“Singh was arrested by Tripura police today and he would be produced in front of the local court. We will ask the court for his custody warrant and later he will be brought back to the state,” Rastogi said.

Singh served as the chief secretary in Tripura during the previous Left Front government and was booked along with former PWD minister Badal Choudhury and former chief engineer Sunil Bhowmik by the crime branch on October 13 last year.

Borth the former minister and former chief engineer were arrested but are currently on bail after remaining in judicial custody for more than 87 days.

Tripura police could not arrest Singh even after making several attempts and were trying to search his Delhi house on several occasions.

The police has failed to file the charge sheet till date as Singh was not arrested and was suspected to be a “big fish” in the PWD scam and irregularities reported in the expense of the works done during 2008-09 financial year.

Choudhury, along with former PWD chief engineer Sunil Bhowmik and former chief secretary YP Singh, were booked by the police on October 13 last year in connection with an alleged scam that took place during 2008-09 financial year in the previous Left Front government in the state.

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