CVC indicted ex-CBI chief Verma in 3 cases
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