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Cleaning up CBI - End of a feud; back to work

Cleaning up CBI - End of a feud; back to work

A late night order on Tuesday from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent Verma and Asthana on leave.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has dismissed as "rubbish" allegations that CBI director Alok Verma was removed because he wanted to investigate the Rafale deal.

The internal tussle in India's central probe agency split wide open after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) charged its own Special Director Rakesh Asthana for accepting bribes to settle a case involving controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi. Senior officials pertaining to the matter said that the decision was taken on the recommendations of Chief Vigilance Commission (CVC), which has got complaints of corruption against Verma.

NDTV reported that the CBI has registered a corruption case against eight HAL officers for allegedly routing "company funds amounting to Rs 5 crore to certain contractors through fraudulent means between January and August" this year. Joint CBI director M Nageshwar Rao was appointed as the interim chief of the country's premier probe agency. The men were caught by Verma's security guard and later taken inside the home. The CBI was directed to maintain status quo and was also ordered to not arrest Asthana until the next date of hearing.

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- The Supreme Court has stated repeatedly that the CBI ought to be insulated from the government.

When the petition was mentioned before the CJI Ranjan Gogoi today morning by Advocate Prashant Bhushan for urgent listing, the CJI said "file memo, we will look into it".

As the face-off between Asthana and Verma reached the public domain this week with a bribery FIR against the former and an exchange of corruption allegations, both were divested of their duties and sent on leave. This is to secure independence of the CBI and this has been violated by the present order.

Later, he sealed all the rooms on the 10th floor of the building and issued orders of change in the teams heading different cases. Deputy Superintendent of Police, CBI, New Delhi, A K Bassi has been transferred as Deputy Superintendent CBI, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Port Blair.

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