Verma ap­pears be­fore CVC panel for 2nd day

■ Asthana came to the CVC of­fice but could not meet any se­nior of­fi­cial as there was no sched­uled ap­point­ment ■ Verma gave point-wise re­fusal to all the al­le­ga­tions lev­elled by Asthana be­fore the panel

The Hitavada - - FRONT PAGE - ■ By Ash­wini Shri­vas­tava

CEN­TRAL Buerau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) Di­rec­tor Alok Verma on Fri­day ap­peared be­fore a panel headed by Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sioner KV Chowdary and coun­tered for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day the cor­rup­tion charges lev­elled against him by Spe­cial Di­rec­tor Rakesh Asthana, who fol­lowed him to the of­fice of the anti-cor­rup­tion watch­dog but could not get an au­di­ence, of­fi­cials said.

Asthana came to the Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion (CVC) of­fice at around 4.45 PM and stayed there for around 10 min­utes, but could not meet any se­nior of­fi­cial as there was no sched­uled ap­point­ment.

Verma is un­der­stood to have given point-wise re­fusal to all the al­le­ga­tions lev­elled by Asthana be­fore the panel com­pris­ing Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion­ers T M Bhasin and Sharad Ku­mar, they

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

Verma came to the CVC of­fice early Fri­day morn­ing and stayed there for about an hour, they said. He did not speak to the me­dia wait­ing out­side the CVC 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-week 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 Chowdary.

Asthana, who also met Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sioner Sharad Ku­mar on Thurs­day, is un­der­stood to have given doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence in sup­port of his charges lev­elled against Verma, the of­fi­cials said. On Fri­day, the CBI Spe­cial Di­rec­tor again vis­ited the CVC of­fice. “He could not meet CVC Chowdary or any of the Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion­ers as they, along with other se­nior of­fi­cials of the com­mis­sion, were in a meet­ing,” one of the of­fi­cials said, re­quest­ing anonymity.

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