Verma quits new post, no re­lief for Asthana

DNA (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Su­mit Ku­mar Singh su­[email protected]­

New Delhi: A day after Alok Ku­mar Verma was re­moved as Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion di­rec­tor on graft charges and made the chief of fire ser­vices, he snubbed the new post, call­ing the move to shunt him a “scut­tling of nat­u­ral jus­tice.”

The agency’s spe­cial di­rec­tor Rakesh Asthana, mean­while, who had moved the Delhi High Court seek­ing to quash a bribery case against him, had his plea re­jected.

Amid this, Ad­di­tional Di­rec­tor M Nageswara Rao took charge as in­terim di­rec­tor of the premier in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency, and nul­li­fied all trans­fer or­ders is­sued by Verma. The spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team Rao con­sti­tuted will con­tinue to probe bribery al­le­ga­tions against Asthana.

Jus­tice Na­jmi Waziri di­rected the CBI to con­clude in­ves­ti­ga­tion against Asthana within 10 weeks.

On De­cem­ber 20, Jus­tice Na­jmi Waziri had re­served the or­der on Asthana’s plea, in which he had said the case reg­is­tered against him was reg­is­tered in an il­le­gal man­ner, with mala fide in­ten­tion.

Mean­while, of­fi­cials said on Fri­day that se­nior In­dian In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice of­fi­cer Nitin Wakankar will be the new Chief In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer and spokesper­son of CBI, re­plac­ing Ab­hishek Dayal who has been trans­ferred to the Pub­li­ca­tions Divi­sion. Wakankar has served in Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van, De­fence Min­istry, and the I&B Min­istry.

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