CVC in­dicted ex-CBI chief Verma in 3 cases

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Front Page - Dhanan­jay.Ma­ha­p­a­tra @times­group.com

New Delhi: The Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion (CVC) had last year se­verely in­dicted former CBI di­rec­tor Alok Ku­mar Verma in three ma­jor cases — brib­ing of CBI officers to di­lute cases in­volv­ing meat ex­porter Moin Qureshi, ex­clud­ing a key sus­pect from the

FIR in the IRCTC scam, and at­tempt­ing to in­duct tainted officers into the agency.

The CVC’s find­ings, undis­closed till now, had played a key role in the de­ci­sion to re­move Verma from the CBI.

The SC had or­dered a probe by CVC, un­der the su­per­vi­sion of SC ex-judge A K Pat­naik, into then CBI spe­cial di­rec­tor Rakesh Asthana’s 10 al­le­ga­tions against Verma who was then head­ing the agency. The al­le­ga­tions were de­tailed in Asthana’s Au­gust 2018 let­ter to the cab­i­net sec­re­tary.

The se­ri­ous­ness of the al­le­ga­tions against Alok Verma had led the CVC to pass an or­der on Oc­to­ber 23 last year di­vest­ing Verma of his pow­ers, func­tions and du­ties as CBI di­rec­tor.

Asthana’s com­plaint and a counter-charge against him by Verma were at the cen­tre of a pub­lic spat be­tween the then CBI chief and his num­ber two, which di­vided the agency. Verma later re­fused to take charge as di­rec­tor gen­eral of home guards and re­signed. Asthana was moved to the Bureau of Civil Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity and is cur­rently head­ing the Nar­cotics Con­trol Bureau.

Af­ter sub­mis­sion of the report, a bench led by CJI Ran­jan Go­goi on Jan­uary 8 quashed the CVC’s Oc­to­ber 23 or­der but or­dered that Verma would dis­charge only rou­tine func­tions “with­out any fresh ini­tia­tive, hav­ing no ma­jor pol­icy or in­sti­tu­tional im­pli­ca­tions” till the high-pow­ered se­lec­tion panel took a de­ci­sion on Ver

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