Verma ap­pears be­fore CVC, coun­ters charges lev­elled by Asthana

The New Indian Express - - INDIA -

CBI Di­rec­tor Alok Verma on Fri­day ap­peared be­fore a panel headed by Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sioner K V Chowdary. Sources claimed that he coun­tered the cor­rup­tion charges lev­elled against him by his deputy and spe­cial di­rec­tor in the probe agency Rakesh Asthana.

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

Verma reached the CVC of­fice early Fri­day morn­ing and stayed there for about an hour. He re­fused to give any com­ment to the me­dia wait­ing out­side the CVC’s of­fice.

Of­fi­cials claimed that 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 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 met the CVC on Fri­day. He is said to have given doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence in sup­port of his charges against Verma.


Asthana af­ter meet­ing CVC of­fi­cials in New Delhi on Fri­day |

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