CBI Chief Alok Verma Reaches CVC for Examination by Full Panel as SC Deadline Nears
Alok Verma has denied corruption charges levelled against him by his deputy and CBI special director Rakesh Asthana.
New Delhi: CBI Director Alok Verma reached the Central Vigilance Commission on Friday morning and is scheduled to be examined by its full panel as the anti-corruption body races to meet the Supreme Court’s 2-week deadline to complete the probe.
Verma had met Central Vigilance Commissioner KV Chowdary on Thursday and denied corruption charges levelled against him by his deputy and CBI special director Rakesh Asthana.
Hindustan Times reported that refused to be examined on Thursday as TM Bhasin, one of the vigilance commissioners, was not present.
The Supreme Court had on October 26 asked the Central Vigilance Commission to complete within two weeks its inquiry into allegations against Verma levelled by Asthana.
Verma and Asthana have been sent on leave by the government.
Asthana also reportedly met the CVC on Thursday.
The commission had recently examined some CBI officials probing crucial cases which figured in Asthana's complaint of corruption against the probe agency's chief Verma, officials said.
The officials said CBI personnel from the rank of inspector up to superintendent of police were called and their versions recorded before a senior CVC official.
These officials, who had recorded their statements included those who had handled the Moin Qureshi bribery case, the IRCTC scam, involving former railway minister Lalu Prasad, the cattle smuggling case in which a senior BSF officer was caught with wands of cash in Kerala.
The Supreme Court had directed that the CVC's inquiry into the allegations against Verma, who has challenged the government's decision divesting him of his duties and sending him on leave, would be conducted under the supervision of retired apex court judge Justice AK Patnaik and this was a "one-time exception".
The feud between Verma and Asthana escalated recently leading to registration of an FIR against the latter and others including Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar, who is in CBI custody in an alleged bribery case.
The CBI had on October 15 registered the FIR against Asthana for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 2 crore from Hyderabad-based businessman Sana Sathish Babu which was given through two middlemen Manoj Prasad and Somesh Prasad to sabotage the probe against meat exporter Moin Qureshi.
On August 24, Asthana, in his complaint to the Cabinet Secretary, had levelled allegations against Verma that he got a bribe of Rs two crore from Sana to help him get some relief from questioning in the matter.
(With PTI inputs)
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