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Landmarks in Joginder Singh's tumultuous tenure

Central Bureau of Investigation Director Joginder Singh was on Monday shunted to the home ministry as special secretary in the department of freedom fighters and foreigners. His 11-month tenure was tumultuous and he came under constant attack from politicians, the judiciary, the executive and the media. Some important dates in his eventful tenure:

July 31, 1996: Joginder Singh takes over as CBI chief from K Vijaya Rama Rao.

August 2: The CBI briefs the Delhi high court on the status of its investigation into the JMM MPs bribery case.

August 3: The CBI charges Harshad Mehta, two bank officials in the Rs 100 million fraud in the securities scam.

August 5: The CBI questions former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao's kin in the JMM case. Singh meets all former prime ministers, including Rao, for the first time after taking charge.

August 6: (a) Bhajan Lal, Satish Sharma questioned by CBI in the JMM case. The CBI says it will examine Rao soon. (b) Joginder Singh goes to Hong Kong for the extradition of hawala accused Amir Bhai.

August 8: A Hong Kong court rejects CBI plea for extradition.

August 9: The Delhi high court asks the CBI to conclude investigation in the JMM case by September 9.

August 12: Singh says a transparent transfer policy would be enforced in the CBI to ensure that vested interests did not take root.

August 14: Singh transfers a number of senior officials handling several sensitive cases including the JMM, urea scam and hawala cases.

August 16: (a) Supreme Court pulls up CBI chief in hawala case for hobnobbing with persons he was going to investigate and for seeking guidance from unofficial sources. (b) CBI and income tax sleuths raid former Union minister Sukh Ram's homes in Delhi and Himachal Pradesh.

August 17: The CBI arrests telecom official Runu Ghosh for favouring a private firm in the purchase of multi-access relay radio in 1993-94; raids Sukh Ram's homes recovering additional amount of Rs 36.1 million.

August 22: The CBI conducts raids in Delhi and Bombay in connection with the Rs 16.8 million telecom scam.

August 23: (a) Singh goes to Dubai for the extradition of hawala accused Amir Bhai. (b) The Patna high court pulls up the CBI over slow progress in the fodder scam. Threatens to summon Singh to explain the reason. (c) The CBI grills former Union transport minister Jagdish Tytler in port trust case. (d) The CBI tracks down elusive Sukh Ram in London.

August 26: Dubai officials refuse to meet Singh during his two-day visit.

August 29: The CBI decides to interrogate former Union minister Rajesh Pilot in the JMM bribery case.

September 2: Supreme Court pulls up the CBI director for tardy progress in hawala case.

September 23: The CBI arrests Sukh Ram on his return from London.

September 30: (a) CBI counsel in the Lakhubhai Pathak case resigns. (b) The Delhi high court comes down heavily on the CBI for failure in the JMM case.

October 2: (a) The CBI says original papers in St Kitts case not available. (b) The CBI registers case against former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalitha for receiving $ 300,000 from abroad.

October 4: In a breakthrough in the urea case, the CBI gets bank documents of two top executives of the accused Karsan company.

October 7: (a) The Delhi high court forms new CBI teams in the JMM case. (b) The Patna high court pulls up Singh, passes strictures on the CBI role in the fodder scam investigation. (c) The CBI chief meets then prime minister Deve Gowda.

October 9: The CBI arrests Narasimha Rao in St Kitts case; Rao released on bail.

October 12: The CBI raids official home of former petroleum minister Satish Sharma.

October 24:Supreme Court directs the Centre to produce all four CBI reports in the fodder scam.

October 30: The CBI chargesheets Rao, six others in JMM case.

October 31: The CBI files chargesheet against 11 bankers, six brokers in securities scam.

November 1: The CBI serves summons to Rao in the JMM case.

November 5: Supreme Court says CBI chief responsible for investigation in the fodder scam.

November 8:Supreme Court asks the CBI to speed up probes against Chandra Swami.

November 13: The Patna high court summons Singh to appear in connection with the fodder scam.

November 17: Singh offers to resign as CBI chief following sharp differences in the United Front government.

November 22:a) CBI names 15 beneficiaries in the first information report related to petrol pump allotment case. (B) Deve Gowda holds in-camera meeting with the CBI.

January 6, 1997: The CBI interrogates Laloo Yadav in the fodder scam.

January 17: The CBI files progress report before the Patna high court in the fodder scam.

January 21: Bofors documents handed over to Singh by Swiss authorities in Berne.

March 28: The Patna high court issues contempt notice to the CBI chief.

April 22: Singh says ''old major cases'' including Bofors and hawala will be completed by October.

April 27: The CBI decides to prosecute Laloo Yadav, former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and 54 others in the fodder scam.

May 10: The CBI submits draft chargesheet against Laloo Yadav and 55 others to Bihar Governor A R Kidwai.

May 25: Singh says the CBI does not leak information on politically sensitive scams to press.

June 9: The CBI files chargesheet against Sukh Ram in the telecom scam.

June 17: The Bihar governor gives sanction to the CBI to prosecute Laloo Yadav and 55 others in the fodder scam.

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