The Anti- Corruption Crusader- Dinesh MN, The Real Life Singham Of Rajasthan

Priyanshi Pareek reported on the story of an IPS officer who is known as the Singham of Rajasthan.. 

Today we are going to tell you the story of an IPS officer who had to stay in jail for seven years. Seven years later, in 2017, he was acquitted due to lack of evidence. From mafia and dacoits to many IAS officers are afraid of this IPS officer. Even the collector has been sent to jail.

Who is Dinesh MN?

IPS Dinesh MN was born on September 6, 1971, in Munaganahalli, located in the Chintamani Taluka of Chikkaballapur district, Karnataka, India. His father served as a Tehsildar in Bangalore, while his mother was a homemaker. Dinesh MN completed his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communications from BDT College of Engineering, Davanagere, in 1993.

During his tenure as an Inspector General of Police at the Anti Corruption Bureau of Udaipur, Dinesh MN uncovered instances of officials within the mining department engaging in brazen acts of bribery, verging on extortion, particularly in Udaipur. 

He diligently pursued six such cases over a span of two months, culminating in the successful bust of one such operation that involved the seizure of a staggering Rs 2.5 crore in cash – marking one of the largest amounts confiscated in a bribery case. Notably uncommon, this instance saw both the bribe givers and recipients apprehended. Dinesh utilized phone tapping techniques to gather evidence, capturing incriminating conversations involving an IAS officer, Ashok Singhvi, the Principal Secretary of Mines, discussing the “monetization of the deal” with his intermediary, Sanjay Seth, which formed crucial recorded evidence.

The modus operandi was straightforward: Identify prominent mine owners, pinpoint faults in their operations, issue closure notices, and then reopen the mines after extorting bribes. A demand of Rs. 20 crore was made in this instance. This type of case warranted a direct investigation by an anti-corruption unit to dismantle those implicated in these practices.

How CM Raje approved the arrest of a senior IAS officer?

After the seizure of the bribe money and subsequent arrests in Udaipur, Navdeep Singh, Director General of Police and head of the ACB, briefed Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on the first day of the monsoon session.

Raje had a singular inquiry: “How substantial is the evidence against Singhvi?” Upon learning about the gathered evidence by Dinesh, which included recorded phone conversations, Raje swiftly approved but requested the officers to hold off until she briefed Chief Secretary CS Rajan and Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria.

Upon questioning the legality of tapping Singhvi’s conversations, Rajan also sanctioned the action, disregarding protests from some of Singhvi’s associates. Subsequently, the ACB team arrived at Singhvi’s residence and, following a search, escorted him to the Anti Corruption Bureau office after midnight for formal arrest.

How has the functioning of the ACB significantly improved?

Last year, the ACB encountered criticism when its team apprehended an executive engineer from the Jaipur Municipal Corporation for accepting a bribe but was initially barred from making the arrest. At that time, Manoj Bhatt was leading the ACB, and he currently serves as the DGP of Rajasthan Police. Under pressure from the media and inquiries by Raje, the ACB arrested Aswal two weeks later.

With leaders like Navdeep Singh and officers of Dinesh MN’s caliber, the ACB is anticipated to uncover major cases, potentially involving one or two IAS officers, in the near future.

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