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Centre appoints new Home Secretary after sacking Goswami for interfering in Saradha scam probe

Centre appoints new Home Secretary after sacking Goswami for interfering in Saradha scam probe

The 60-year-old Goyal, the new Home Secretary, is presently serving as Secretary in the Union Ministry of Rural Development.

New Delhi: Centre on Wednesday night appointed 1979 batch Kerala cadre IAS officer LC Goyal as new Union Home Secretary after sacking his predecessor Anil Goswami for his alleged interference in Saradha scam probe.

The 60-year-old Goyal is presently serving as Secretary in the Union Ministry of Rural Development and has served in various ministries including the Ministry of Finance & Company Affairs and Cabinet Secretariat.

Former Home Secretary Anil Goswami was sacked for trying to interfere in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam probe and stopping the arrest of a senior Congress leader. He was sacked by the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday night.

Goswami has been named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly attempting to stall former union minister and Congress leader Matang Sinh's arrest in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.

According to sources, Goswami called up some CBI officials to prevent Matang Sinh's arrest.

According to sources, the Centre asked Goswami to clarify why he interfered in the scam probe. A CBI Joint Director level officer is also under the scanner in the scam.

On Tuesday the CBI informed the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) about an attempt by Goswami to stall Sinh's arrest in the Saradha scam. Sinh had been arrested a week back for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation of funds related to Saradha Realty, one of the companies of the group which is being probed by the agency.

Sources informed that Sinh was called to the headquarter of Special Investigation Team in Kolkata where he was grilled by the team for over five hours before being arrested. Sinh also, allegedly, named many bureaucrats and reportedly, claimed he influenced them for many benefits including favourable postings.

CBI sources said he was arrested as he was not cooperating with the investigation team on some important issues prompting the agency to take him into their custody during which another round of examination might take place.

first published:February 04, 2015, 23:04 IST