CBI boss meets CVC, coun­ters graft charges

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New Delhi: CBI Di­rec­tor Alok Verma on Fri­day ap­peared be­fore a panel headed by Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sioner KV Chowdary and coun­tered the graft charges lev­elled against him by his deputy and spe­cial di­rec­tor in the probe agency Rakesh Asthana for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day, of­fi­cials said.

Verma is un­der­stood to have given point-wise re­but­tal to the al­le­ga­tions be­fore the panel com­pris­ing Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion­ers TM Bhasin and Sharad Ku­mar, they said. Re­tired Supreme Court judge AK Pat­naik, who

has been en­trusted with the su­per­vi­sion of the probe, was also present, of­fi­cials said. Verma re­fused to com­ment on his meet­ing with the CVC.

The Supreme Court had on Oc­to­ber 26 asked the CVC to com­plete within two weeks its in­quiry into the al­le­ga­tions against Verma lev­elled by Asthana. The dead­line ends on Sun­day and the SC will hear the mat­ter on Mon­day.

Feud­ing of­fi­cers Verma and Asthana have been sent on leave. Be­sides Verma, Asthana too had met the CVC on Thurs­day. He is un­der­stood to have given doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence in sup­port of his charges lev­elled against Verma, the of­fi­cials said.

The Com­mis­sion had re­cently ex­am­ined some CBI of­fi­cials prob­ing cru­cial cases which fig­ured in Asthana’s com­plaint of cor­rup­tion against the probe agency’s chief Verma, they said.

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