A senior ED officer probing the 2G spectrum allocation scam has taken a year-long 'study leave' apparently owing to lack of clarity over his continuance in the agency, a move that may hamper probe in the case.
Officials said Enforcement Directorate (ED) deputy director Rajeshwar Singh, who has been nominated as the investigating officer (IO) for the 2G case by the Supreme Court, has proceeded on leave to pursue a degree in law even as the money laundering and foreign exchange violations probe in this case remain far from completion.
Singh, sources said, apparently sought the leave as there is no clear directive from the government over his continuance in the agency as the finance ministry earlier had sought his repatriation to his parent cadre in the Uttar Pradesh Police from the Supreme Court.
The officer later approached the Central Administrative Tribunal for clarity on his appointment and the quasi-judicial body later ordered for his continuance in the ED.
The tribunal has ordered for a review of files in this regard and final hearing in September.
Singh, on being approached for comments, said he "would be back anytime" the investigations require.
"I would obey the directions of the Supreme Court with regard to the probe in the 2G case. I have nothing more to add," he said.
The CBI also recently sought to call Singh and a few others as "witness" to strengthen its case in the R200 crore alleged bribery in the Kalaignar TV case where the ED has recently filed a voluminous charge sheet against former telecom minister A Raja, DMK leader Kanimozhi and wife of DMK supremo K Karunanidhi, Dayalu Ammal.