The senior detective who led a doomed Rangers fraud probe has denied chanting sectarian anthem the Billy Boys.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Robertson, 53, told lawyers he didn’t sing the offensive tune to Philip Duffy, an employee with financial services firm Duff & Phelps.
He told the Court of Session he may have mentioned the supposed meaning of a codename given to the administration of Rangers by business expert David Grier.
He said he learned Grier had given the administration the codename Project William when he was taking a statement from Paul Clark, who was arrested during the probe and eventually cleared of any criminal wrongdoing..
DCI Robertson said: “I took a statement from Paul Clark in 2012 and I was aware of different project names being given to the files that were being given – so the Murray Group had Project Blue which related to Rangers Football Club then it changed to Project Charlotte; the scenario being Sir David Murray’s offices being in Charlotte Square in Edinburgh.
“Then when the club was going into administration and they were going to administrators, they decided to change it and David Grier came up with Project William.
“When Paul Clark mentioned it to me, he laughed when he was giving his statement.
“During his time as an administrator, coming from the south of England, he had learned the connotations of the name William in relation to William of Orange, King Billy etc and the song the Billy Boys – that was discussed and it was David Grier who named that.
“I may have mentioned that to Phil Duffy about the William name and the connotations of the name and I may have referenced the Rangers song the Billy Boys in relation to that.
“But I did not stand up and chant the Billy Boys.”
Grier – who works for Duff & Phelps – is suing the current Lord Advocate and Police Scotland, claiming prosecutors had no evidence to justify him being arrested and charged as part of an investigation into Craig Whyte’s purchase of Rangers. He is seeking £7million in damages.
Businessmen David Whitehouse and Clark each received £10.3million for their wrongful arrest and prosecution.
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