NEW DELHI: CBI Director Alok Verma has approached the Supreme Court on Wednesday, challenging the Centre’s decision to remove him from his position. Several top officers in the agency have also been transferred.
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In a fast-paced development on late Tuesday night, CBI Director Alok Verma, Special Director Rakesh Asthana and Additional Director AK Sharma were sent on leave. M Nageshwar Rao, the current Joint Director, has been appointed as the interim head of the investigative agency by the Prime Minister-led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
This unprecedented act of sending the top CBI chiefs on leave came after the feud between the CBI no. 1 Verma and no. 2 Asthana came out in public.
Offices of the CBI bosses have been sealed with neither staff nor outsiders being allowed inside. At least three top officers working closely with the top two feuding CBI bosses have also been sent on leave.
Opposition Congress came down heavily on the internal tussle at the CBI, holding the Narendra Modi government responsible for the entire mess and denting the central probe agency’s credibility.
24 October 2018, 12:11 PM
CBI appoints new team to probe the bribery case against Asthana. CBI Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Tarun Gauba, Superintendent of Police (SP) Satish Dagar and Joint Director V Murugesan will probe charges against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, reported ANI.
24 October 2018, 12:08 PM
“PM Modi has buried the last nail in the independence of CBI. The systematic dismantling and disintegration of CBI is complete. PM’s systematic attack on credibility & capacity of CBI has now ensured that its credibility is dead and buried. What PM couldn’t do directly by removing the CBI director and his collegaues, he has done surreptitiously and in clandestine fashion by taking shelter behind CVC. Has CBI director been transferred because he was about to order a probe into Rafale corruption,” says Randeep Surjewala, Congress.
24 October 2018, 12:06 PM
“The Modi government and the Prime Minister have conducted a political coup against the CBI. They have conducted transfer of all the officers and directors, and main objective appears to be to protect the chosen officers of the Prime Minister posted at CBI,” said CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury.
“We don’t know if CBI was investigating other issues like Rafale scam. If that was the case, it was ordered to protect the govt, PM & concerned officers. Why was the DIG investigating the charges against Asthana has been sent to ‘Kala Pani’ in Andaman,” he added.
24 October 2018, 12:02 PM
A CBI spokesperson has now confirmed that no room at CBI headquarters has been sealed. Earlier, reports stated that rooms on 10th and 11th floor of CBI headquarters in New Delhi were sealed, with no one being allowed to enter inside.
24 October 2018, 11:58 AM
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24 October 2018, 11:47 AM
Amid the internal feud between the investigative agency, several top officers probing the case of Rakesh Asthana have been transferred. Deputy SP CBI AK Bassi has been transferred to Port Blair as Deputy SP, Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) and Additional SP CBI SS Gum has been transferred to Jabalpur and posted as CBI, ACB. Apart from the two, other officers probing the case against Asthana who have been transferred are CBI DIG Manish Kumar Sinha, DIG Tarun Gauba, DIG Jasbir Singh, DIG Anish Prasad, DIG KR Chaurasia, HoB Ram Gopal and SP Satish Dagar.
All transfer orders taken ‘in public interest’ are to followed with immediate effect.
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24 October 2018, 11:45 AM
Opposition Congress launched a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government holding it responsible for the entire mess in the CBI and denting the central probe agency’s credibility.In a series of tweets, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Narendra Modi Government has buried the ‘last nail’ into the independence of the CBI.
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24 October 2018, 11:44 AM
CBI Director Alok Verma moved Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, challenging the decision to sent him on leave. The CBI director position has fixed term of two years. Verma is scheduled to retire after four months. Read more here.
24 October 2018, 11:42 AM
M Nageshwar Rao, the current Joint Director, was been appointed as the interim head of the investigative agency. Rao’s appointment order was issued by the Prime Minister-led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on late Tuesday night.
Rao is a 1986 batch officer of Odisha cadre.
24 October 2018, 11:35 AM
For the first time in the history of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), agency chief Alok Verma, second-in-command Special Director Rakesh Asthana and third officer in the agency’s hierarchy Additional Director AK Sharma have been sent on leave on Wednesday. At least three top officers working closely with the top two feuding CBI bosses have also been sent on leave. Offices of the three officers on 10th and 11th floor of the building have been sealed with neither staff nor outsiders being allowed inside. Few officers working closely with the top bosses have also been sent on leave. There will be no movement of officials or files at CBI Director’s office and Special Director’s office till 2 pm Wednesday, sources at the agency said.
This historic move of sending the top CBI chiefs on leave came after the feud between the CBI no. 1 Verma and no. 2 Asthana came out in public.
In an unprecedented act, the investigative agency booked its second-in-command Asthana, who’s in an open feud with chief Verma, for alleged bribery in a case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi on Sunday. Following this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped in amid the fracas between the top two officials on Monday night. PMO summoned Verma and Asthana in an apparent bid to put a lid on the open war between the two officials who have levelled bribery allegations against each other.