NO COR­RUP­TION AL­LE­GA­TIONS ON OUSTED CBI CHIEF: PAT­NAIK

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Ra­jesh Ahuja & Bhadra Sinha let­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The for­mer Supreme Court judge who su­per­vised the Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion (CVC) in­quiry against ousted Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) di­rec­tor Alok Verma said on Satur­day that no “al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion” were made against Verma by a wit­ness, as had been claimed by his deputy Rakesh Asthana in con­nec­tion with a case against con­tro­ver­sial meat ex­porter Moin Qureshi.

“There was no al­le­ga­tion against Verma. Sana Satish Babu never said he paid money to Verma,” jus­tice Pat­naik said over the phone.

One of the main lines of in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the CVC was Asthana’s al­le­ga­tion that Verma ac­cepted ₹2 crore from Babu, a Hy­der­abad­based busi­ness­man, to en­sure he wasn’t in­dicted in the case against Qureshi.

Asthana lev­elled the al­le­ga­tions in a let­ter writ­ten to the cab­i­net sec­re­tary on Au­gust 24.

On Oc­to­ber 15, the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion reg­is­tered a first in­for­ma­tion re­port in which it said a ₹5 crore deal had been struck with two mid­dle­men on Asthana’s be­half to pro­tect Babu from CBI ac­tion in a case in which he was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated along with Qureshi.

Jus­tice Pat­naik as­serted that the find­ings of the vig­i­lance com­mis­sion en­quiry re­port were not his, as Verma men­tioned in a let­ter on Fri­day in which he said he would not take up his new post­ing as di­rec­tor gen­eral, fire ser­vices, civil de­fence and home guards.

“I sim­ply su­per­vised the en­quiry,” Pat­naik said.

The for­mer top court judge felt that the se­lec­tion panel headed by

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