Director-General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy said that the inquiry launched against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should not be misunderstood as a probe into disproportionate assets as it was aimed to go into a certain number of land transactions that were registered at a sub-registrar office in one particular week.

Reacting to reports on the inquiry, Mr. Reddy said that the Supreme Court had asked the CBI to probe 542 sale deeds pertaining to land transactions over 1,500 acres. They included 8 documents of his wife involving seven-and-a-half acres at Mamidipally here. The apex court also observed that the inquiry should not be considered as expressing any opinion upon the merits of the case involving him and another DGP-rank officer Umesh Kumar, he said.

The DGP said that Mr. Kumar sent a letter with the forged signature, using the letter head of Rajya Sabha member M.A. Khan to the Ministry of Home Affairs, linking all the 1,500 acres to him in order to project a bloated picture of his assets. The objective, Mr. Reddy said, was to scuttle his chances of becoming the DGP in June 2011 on the plea that an inquiry was going on against him, Mr. Reddy said. He also said that except the seven-and-a-half acres in his wife’s name, he had nothing to do with the remaining land. When Mr. Umesh Kumar’s letter was detected as fake, a case was booked at Parliament Street police station in New Delhi, which was transferred to the CID here.