Jawan killed in Pak LoC fir­ing

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An Army jawan was killed when Pak troops vi­o­lated the cease­fire along the LoC in Sun­der­bani sec­tor of J&K on Satur­day. This is the sec­ond breach of truce in Jammu re­gion in two days, re­ports San­jay Kha­juria. New Delhi: The Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion in­quiry into the Rs 2 crore bribe al­le­ga­tions against CBI di­rec­tor Alok Verma has found “noth­ing sub­stan­tial”, sources said. The probe against Verma, who was sent on leave on Oc­to­ber 23 along with CBI spe­cial di­rec­tor Rakesh Asthana, was su­per­vised by for­mer Supreme Court judge A K Pat­naik.

An SC bench headed by CJI Ran­jan Go­goi had en­trusted Jus­tice Pat­naik with the task of su­per­vis­ing the CVC

It has scrutiny of doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted by spe­cial di­rec­tor Rakesh Asthana, his Au­gust 24 com­plaint against CBI chief Verma and ex­am­i­na­tion of the lat­ter

Step­ping into the CBI in­ter­nal feud, govt had asked Verma and Asthana on Oc­to­ber 23 to go on leave pend­ing a CVC in­quiry in­quiry or­dered by the gov­ern­ment af­ter the Ver­maAsthana feud spilled into the pub­lic do­main with both lev­el­ling cor­rup­tion charges against each other.

The Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion reg­is­tered an FIR against Asthana on Oc­to­ber 15 while the of­fi­cer had writ- ten to the cab­i­net sec­re­tary against Verma on Au­gust 24.

The cab­i­net sec­re­tary had for­warded Asthana’s com­plaint to the CVC re­gard­ing al­le­ga­tions of a Rs 2 crore bribe be­ing paid to Verma by Hy­der­abad-based busi­ness­man Sathish Babu Sana, a co-ac­cused in mul­ti­ple cases un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion against meat ex­porter Moin Qureshi.

A re­port on the pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry, which was com­pleted on Fri­day, is be­ing fi­nalised and would be sub­mit­ted on Mon­day be­fore the Chief Jus­tice-led bench.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, it nar­rates scrutiny of var­i­ous doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted by Asthana, along with his Au­gust 24 com­plaint and ex­am­i­na­tion of Verma and oth­ers, be­fore reach­ing an in­fer­ence that there is “noth­ing sub­stan­tial” in the al­le­ga­tions made against the CBI chief, sources told TOI. The in­quiry, su­per­vised by the re­tired SC judge, is be­ing con­ducted by CVC K V Chowdary and vig­i­lance com­mis­sion­ers Sharad Ku­mar and T M Bhasin.

Nearly two months af­ter Asthana’s com­plaint, the CBI had reg­is­tered an FIR against Asthana, CBI DSP Deven­der Ku­mar and Manoj Prasad and Somesh Prasad on Oc­to­ber 15 based on Sana’s Oc­to­ber 4 com­plaint that over Rs 3 crore had been ex­torted from him by the Prasads “in the name of Rakesh Asthana” to end his “ha­rass­ment” in Qureshi cases. Sana, there­fore, fig­ures in both sets of al­le­ga­tions.

As the in­ter­nal feud sul­lied CBI’s im­age, the gov­ern­ment asked Verma and Astha-

Doc mur­ders shep­herd over graz­ing dis­pute:

A 30-year-old shep­herd from Ra­jasthan was beaten and hacked to death, al­legedly by a doc­tor and half a dozen oth­ers, in Bhopal’s Rat­i­bad lo­cal­ity on Satur­day morn­ing af­ter a dis­pute over graz­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, var­i­ous doc­u­ments that were sub­mit­ted by Asthana were scru­ti­nised, along with his Au­gust 24 com­plaint and ex­am­i­na­tion of CBI di­rec­tor Alok Verma (in pic) be­fore CVC reached the con­clu­sion that there is ‘noth­ing sub­stan­tial’ in the al­le­ga­tions

na on Oc­to­ber 23 to go on leave pend­ing a CVC in­quiry. On Oc­to­ber 26, the SC — on a pe­ti­tion filed by Verma, who chal­lenged the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion say­ing he could not have been dis­lodged from the di­rec­tor’s post with­out prior per­mis­sion from the se­lect com­mit­tee com­pris­ing the PM, the CJI and the leader of the op­po­si­tion — had asked Jus­tice Pat­naik to su­per­vise the CVC in­quiry against Verma.

Sources said Verma had jus­ti­fied regis­tra­tion of an FIR on Oc­to­ber 15 be­fore the CVC in­quiry panel cit­ing Sana’s state­ment. He stuck to the con­tents of Sana’s state­ment, recorded on Oc­to­ber 20 be­fore Saket mahila court mag­is­trate Shee­tal Chaud­hary Prad- han. Sana also told the SC in his ap­pli­ca­tion seek­ing po­lice pro­tec­tion, granted to him by the court, that his state­ment was also recorded by the CBI on Oc­to­ber 20 un­der Sec­tion 161 of the CrPC. Two days later, the CBI ar­rested DSP Deven­der Ku­mar and Asthana moved the Delhi high court fear­ing ar­rest. A day later, the Cen­tre asked both Verma and Asthana to go on leave.

Asked whether al­le­ga­tions made against Asthana were found prima fa­cie true, sources said the CVC had a sin­gle man­date — to ex­am­ine the al­le­ga­tions against Verma. This find­ing may be­come ground for Verma to re­oc­cupy the CBI top post if the SC is sat­is­fied with all as­pects of the probe.

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