Rakesh Asthana stymied Investigation in sensitive cases, Alok Verma tells Supreme Court

Oct 25, 2018, 20:58
Rakesh Asthana stymied Investigation in sensitive cases, Alok Verma tells Supreme Court

Bhushan, appearing for NGO "Common Cause" today mentioned the matter before the top court seeking quashing of the order against CBI Director Alok Verma and appointment of M Nageshwar Rao as the interim director of the investigating agency.

Verma had on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court against the government decision to remove him saying it was done without following the due procedure.

The CVC said the Director had created "wilful obstructions" in the functioning of the commission, which is a constitutional body and was "non-cooperative and non-compliant". "Unfortunately, their presence was projected otherwise", a senior official said.

According to the plea, the provisions of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, and the Lokpal Act protect the tenure of the CBI director.

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Meanwhile, few other officials along with Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, were also asked to go on leave.

It added that the environment of faction feud had reached its peak in the CBI, leading to a potential loss of credibility and reputation of the agency.

Opposition leaders have accused the Modi government of using the CBI as a tool to settle scores with his political opponents. The Congress also dubbed the action as "last nail" in the independence of the CBI.

"Mr Alok Verma has been illegally divested of all the work related to the director, CBI, for mala fide reasons", Bhushan said. "He was forcibly sent on leave".

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Later, Asthana shot back and filed a complaint against Verma accusing him of interfering in the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) corruption case involving the family members of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav. They didn't even consult us as a courtesy and took this decision overnight.

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Minutes after taking charge, Rao issued orders transferring at least 11 officers on Wednesday.

On Monday, the CBI arrested Asthana's aide, Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar, in connection with the case.

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