B.S. Anand Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Vijaynagar, continues to evade arrest two days after the Special CBI Court rejected his anticipatory bail application. His lawyers claim the former Minister is in Singapore.
The CBI issued a lookout notice against him and put all airports as well as entry and exit points in the country on alert after it found evidence to link him to the illegal mining scam. “All our efforts are concentrated on hunting him down,” said a CBI source.
Meanwhile, the CBI Court is expected to pass orders on the investigation agency’s plea to issue a non-bailable warrant against him on Thursday. If the court issues a warrant, the CBI can approach the Interpol with a red corner notice against Mr. Singh and the former Minister will have to face the ignominy of being extradited like a criminal.
While CBI sources say that “Mr. Singh is playing a risky game,” sources close to Mr. Singh say he is considering surrendering before the CBI in order to avoid the humiliation of being extradited.
It all began on September 19 when the CBI investigators asked him to appear before them for questioning. When he ignored it, the CBI issued a formal notice to Mr. Singh asking him to appear in person on September 20. He didn’t pay heed to it either and reportedly fled to Singapore from where he filed an anticipatory bail application through his lawyers claiming he was seeking medical treatment there. The court rejected the application on October 7. By then, the CBI moved an application in the court seeking a non-bailable warrant.
Things appear to have come a full circle for the former Minister who contested the last Assembly elections as one of the richest candidates in the fray with declared assets worth Rs. 101.01 crore. He was one of the few politicians from the region whose name did not figure in the Lokayukta report on illegal mining though he too was in the mining business.
When Supreme Court directed the CBI to begin investigations into the illegal export of 80 lakh tonnes of iron ore from the Belekeri port, the investigating agency listed him as a witness. He sat pretty as legislators such as Satish Sail and T.H. Suresh Babu were grilled by the agency. However, his luck ran out when the investigating agency discovered evidence to show that Mr. Singh’s firm Vaishnaavi Minerals sold 1.45 lakh tonnes of illegally mined iron ore to Shakti Priya Enterprises and Amann enterprises. These firms sold the ore to S.B. Logistics which illegally exported the ore from the Belekeri port.
The former Minister is reportedly in Singapore