CBI chief ap­pears be­fore CVC, re­buts cor­rup­tion charges

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THE SUPREME COURT HAD ON OC­TO­BER 26 ASKED THE CVC TO COM­PLETE WITHIN TWO WEEKS ITS IN­QUIRY INTO THE AL­LE­GA­TIONS AGAINST ALOK VERMA LEV­ELLED BY RAKESH ASTHANA

NEW DELHI: CBI di­rec­tor Alok Verma Fri­day ap­peared be­fore a panel headed by Cen­tral Vigilance Com­mis­sioner KV Chowdary and coun­tered cor­rup­tion charges lev­elled against him by his deputy, spe­cial di­rec­tor Rakesh Asthana, for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day, of­fi­cials said.

Verma is un­der­stood to have given point-wise re­but­tal to all the al­le­ga­tions lev­elled by Asthana be­fore the panel com­pris­ing Vigilance Com­mis­sion­ers TM Bhasin and Sharad Ku­mar, they said.

Jus­tice AK Pat­naik, a re­tired Supreme Court judge who has been asked by the apex court to su­per­vise the CVC in­quiry, was also present, of­fi­cials said.

Verma, who they said came to the CVC of­fice early Fri­day morn­ing and stayed for about an hour, did not give any com­ment to the me­dia wait­ing out­side the CVC’s of­fice.

The Supreme Court had on Oc­to­ber 26 asked the Cen­tral Vigilance Com­mis­sion to com­plete within two weeks its in­quiry into the al­le­ga­tions against Verma lev­elled by Asthana.

The two weeks time limit ends on Sun­day and the Supreme Court is sched­uled to hear the mat­ter on Mon­day.

Feud­ing of­fi­cers Verma and Asthana have been sent on leave by the govern­ment.

Be­sides Verma, Asthana also had on Thurs­day met the CVC.

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.

The of­fi­cials said CBI per­son­nel from the rank of in­spec­tor up to su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice were called and their ver­sions recorded be­fore a se­nior CVC of­fi­cial.

Th­ese of­fi­cials, who had recorded their state­ments in­cluded those who had han­dled the Moin Qureshi bribery case, IRCTC scam in­volv­ing for­mer rail­way min­is­ter Lalu Prasad, and the cat­tle smug­gling case in which a se­nior BSF of­fi­cer was caught with wads of cash in Ker­ala.

The Supreme Court had di­rected that the CVC’s in­quiry into the al­le­ga­tions against Verma, who has chal­lenged the govern­ment’s de­ci­sion di­vest­ing him of his du­ties and send­ing him on leave, would be con­ducted un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Jus­tice A K Pat­naik and this was a “one-time ex­cep­tion”.

The feud be­tween Verma and Asthana es­ca­lated re­cently lead­ing to regis­tra­tion of an FIR against the lat­ter and oth­ers in­clud­ing Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Deven­der Ku­mar, who is in CBI cus­tody in an al­leged bribery case.

The CBI had on Oc­to­ber 15 reg­is­tered the FIR against Asthana for al­legedly re­ceiv­ing a bribe of Rs 2 crore from Hy­der­abad-based busi­ness­man Sana Sathish Babu which was given through two mid­dle­men Manoj Prasad and Somesh Prasad to sab­o­tage the probe against meat ex­porter Moin Qureshi.

On Au­gust 24, Asthana, in his com­plaint to the Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary, had lev­elled al­le­ga­tions

against Verma that he got a bribe of Rs two crore from Sana to help him get some re­lief from ques­tion­ing in the mat­ter.

HT FILE

■ Alok Verma

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