UP polls: BJP fields former joint director of ED from seat in Lucknow in new list
Former Enforcement Directorate joint director Rajeshwar Singh was fielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Sarojini Nagar constituency in Lucknow for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections on Tuesday. Singh took voluntary retirement from the service (VRS) of the Government of India.
The 49-year- old appeared on the party’s eighth list of candidates, which included 17 names. His request for VRS was approved last year. On Monday night, the former joint director of the central investigation agency announced that he was ‘hanging up his boots’ on Twitter.
“Today my request for voluntary retirement (VRS) from the service of Government of India has been approved. The caravan of 24 years of tireless and conscientious hard work, carried out in a relentless manner, has reached a point of transition today,” he said.
“As my professional journey of 24 years turns to a transition today, on this occasion, I express my deep seated gratitude to the Hon PM Shri @narendramodi ji, Hon HM Shri @AmitShah ji and FM Smt @nsitharaman ji, CM Shri @myogiadityanath ji, Shri S K Mishra, Director ED and Uttar Pradesh Police. I have learned a lot while working with these organizations for so many years. I join the PM’s mission to make India a Vishwa Guru, as a participant, to contribute with conviction and integrity in this process of nation-building,” he added.
The news came only days after the BJP fielded former Kanpur police commissioner Asim Arun, who also took VRS, for the Kannauj (Sadar) assembly seat in the 2018 elections.
Singh, a PPS officer from the 1996 batch, spent 10 years in the Uttar Pradesh Police and 14 years in the Emergency Department. He led high-profile investigations into the 2G spectrum allocation case, the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the money laundering cases against former Union finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram, Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, and former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, as well as the Aircel Maxis and VVIP choppers case.
Laxmi Singh, a member of the Indian Police Service, is currently the Inspector General of the Lucknow Police Range.
“Taking ‘VRS’ from the ED to join the BJP, is like transferring from the wholly-owned subsidiary to the parent firm,” Congress leader Karti Chidambaram tweeted in a veiled assault on Singh.
From February 10 to March 7, Uttar Pradesh will hold elections in seven stages. On March 10th, the results will be announced.
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