CBI arrests six persons including SAI director in bribery case

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CBI Cases Against 2 More Bihar Shelter Homes Amid Claims Of Abuse

CBI has filed cases against two shelter homes in Munger. (File)

New Delhi: 

The CBI has registered two more cases related to alleged abuse of inmates in shelter homes in Bihar, officials said Thursday.

The two cases pertain to shelter homes in Munger district, they said.

It is alleged that the directors of one of the shelter homes used to lock the room of a mentally-sick woman inmate. He also ill-treated other inmates.

It also sublet a portion of the shelter home for a rent of Rs 10,000 and did not provide proper ventilation or sanitation facilities for the inmates, the first information report alleged.

In the case of the other shelter home, it is alleged that office-bearers of the home “physically exploited” the inmates forcing them to do manual work including cooking and cleaning, the FIR stated.

It said the shelter home was being run from a building meant for an observation home and was not “livable” for young children.

The agency has been tasked by the Supreme Court to probe abuse of inmates in 17 shelter homes of the state, which were red-flagged in an inspection report by the Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

The new interim chief of the probe agency, M Nageswara Rao, handed over all the 17 cases to the Patna zone deputing Joint Director Bhanu Bhaskar to oversee the probe.

The TISS inspection report also mentions that the Superintendent of one of one of the shelter homes beat an inmate which resulted in severe injury causing scar on the cheek of the boy. The allegation is now included in the CBI FIR.

The first case from the TISS report which attracted attention was sexual abuse of minor girls at a Muzzafarpur-based shelter home run by Brajesh Thakur.

The details of sexual torture inflicted on minor inmates of the shelter home surfaced when the CBI took over investigation on the orders of the Supreme Court last year.

The top court later directed the agency to probe all the 17 shelter homes mentioned in the TISS report.

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Sports Authority Director Among 6 Arrested By CBI For Alleged Corruption

The sports authority had reportedly sought the CBI’s help in the case.

New Delhi: 

The CBI arrested four officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) — including its Director — during a raid on the agency’s Lodhi Road office in New Delhi on Thursday. Two other individuals were also taken into custody in the course of the operation.

A CBI team reportedly reached the SAI headquarters at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium around 5 pm and sealed the premises. “There were complaints that some officials were taking bribes for approving work,” ANI quoted a source as saying. The sports authority had reportedly asked the CBI to investigate the matter, he added.

According to news agency PTI, the CBI arrested SAI Director SK Sharma, Junior Accounts Officer Harinder Prasad, Supervisor Lalit Jolly and senior official VK Sharma, besides private contractor Mandeep Ahuja and his employee Yunus. It is alleged that the officials were sitting on pending bills of Rs 19 lakh, demanding 3% of the amount as bribe in return for clearing them.

“The matter came to light over six months ago, after which the director general informed the sports minister. The director general wrote to the CBI on the minister’s insistence,” the source said, adding that the accused officials were responsible for procuring office stationery, electronic equipment and furniture for SAI offices. 

“There is zero tolerance for corruption in the SAI. We will support any action against corruption,” said SAI director general Neelam Kapoor.

Hours later, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore posted a video describing the Narendra Modi government’s resolve to free society of corruption. “We came to know a few months ago that some officials of the sports authority were indulging in corruption,” he said in the video post. “We could have ignored the matter, but that would not have solved it. As expected from our government, we gave the case to the appropriate investigation agency. The CBI probed it for a few months before conducting a raid this evening. Some SAI officials have been arrested, and the probe is being taken to its logical conclusion.”

Mr Rathore said his government’s aim was to ensure that sports is not sullied by corruption. “We want to free the sports ministry, every ministry for that matter, of all sorts of corruption. We are committed to making our systems transparent and fair,” he added.

Further details are awaited. 

(With inputs from Agencies)

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SAI director among 6 arrested by CBI in corruption case

नई दिल्ली:

सीबीआई ने कथित भ्रष्टाचार के एक मामले में गुरुवार को भारतीय खेल प्राधिकरण (SAI) के निदेशक सहित 6 लोगों को गिरफ्तार कर लिया. अधिकारियों ने यह जानकारी दी है. उन्होंने बताया कि यहां लोदी रोड इलाके में स्थित खेल प्रशासक के कार्यालय में छापे के दौरान गिरफ्तारियां की गईं. अधिकारियों ने बताया कि सीबीआई ने साई के निदेशक एसके शर्मा, कनिष्ठ लेखा अधिकारी हरिंदर प्रसाद, सुपरवाइजर ललित जॉली और यूडीसी वीके शर्मा को गिरफ्तार किया है. इसके अलावा निजी ठेकेदार मंदीप आहूजा और उनके कर्मचारी यूनुस को भी गिरफ्तार किया गया है.

CBI और सुप्रीम कोर्ट के दंगल से संवैधानिक संकट…

आरोप है कि 19 लाख रुपये का बिल लंबित था और इसे मंजूरी प्रदान करने के लिए साई अधिकारी तीन प्रतिशत राशि की मांग कर रहे थे. साई सूत्रों ने बताया कि सीबीआई के अधिकारी शाम में करीब 5 बजे जवाहरलाल नेहरू स्टेडियम स्थित साई मुख्यालय पहुंचे और कथित कर्मचारियों की तलाश एवं पूछताछ के लिए पूरे परिसर को सील कर दिया.




इस पर खेल मंत्री राज्यवर्धन सिंह राठौर ने कहा कि कुछ दिन पहले हमें खबर मिली कि हमारे खेल विभाग के कुछ अधिकारी भ्रष्टाचार कर रहें हैं. हम उनका तबादला कर सकते थे, लेकिन इससे समस्या का समाधान नहीं होता. हमने यह सूचना जांच एजेंसी को दी. उन्होंने कुछ महीनों की जांच के बाद आज रेड करके खेल विभाग के कुछ अधिकारियों को गिरफ्तार किया है. वह अपने जांच को सही अंजाम तक ले जाएं, यही हमारी उम्मीद है और खेलों से या किसी भी विभाग से भ्रष्टाचार खत्म हो यही हमारी कोशिश रहेगी. 

(इनपुट: भाषा)

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Rakesh Asthana Moved Out Days After Alok Verma Removed From CBI: Sources

Rakesh Asthana had been sent on a leave after his spat with CBI chief Alok Verma (File)

New Delhi: 

Rakesh Asthana, number 2 to former CBI chief Alok Verma, has been moved out of the premier investigating agency just a week after his boss. The unprecedented public rivalry between the two men, involving tit-for-tat corruption allegations, has pushed the country’s premier investigating agency into a huge controversy over the last months.

Several other members of Mr Verma’s team have also been moved out. Sources said the churn is meant to clear the decks for the appointment of a new chief. A special panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet on January 24 to pick Mr Verma’s successor.  

Mr Asthana, who is facing a bribery case, and Alok Verma were sent on forced leave in October as the infighting within the agency escalated. The tension between the two officers had flared up after Mr Verma’s team filed a police case against Mr Asthana, accusing him of taking bribe from a businessman on the agency’s radar.
In letters to the government, Mr Asthana alleged that it was his boss who took bribes.
Retaliating against the police case, Mr Asthana took the CBI to court and requested that the case against him be cancelled. The Delhi High Court has rejected his appeal.

Mr Verma’s controversial removal from the top post last week has created a political storm.  The decision of the special panel led by PM Modi was based on a report by the anti-corruption watchdog Central Vigilance Commission on the allegations against the officer.

Mr Verma claimed he was transferred on basis of “false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations made by only one person, who was inimical to him”. The officer, who was retiring by the end of this month, quit a day later, refusing to take charge as the Chief of Fire Services.


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CBI Files Police Complaints Against Two Bihar Shelters

The Supreme Court had directed the CBI to probe alleged abuse of inmates at 17 shelter homes. (File)

New Delhi: 

The CBI has registered fresh first information reports pertaining to the alleged abuse of children in two shelter homes in Bihar, officials said on Thursday.

Officials involved in the running of these shelter homes are under the probe of the agency, they said.

There was national outrage last year following the alleged abuse of minor girls at a shelter home run by journalist Brajesh Pathak in Muzaffarpur in Bihar.

The Supreme Court had directed the CBI to probe alleged abuse of inmates at 17 shelter homes listed in a study conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

The TISS report stated that House Mother of Children Home, Gaya ill treated children by using abusive language, physical assault, forcing them to write lewd messages and taking manual labour.

There was no proper arrangements for medical treatment, study, recreation, food, for the minor inmates at the shelter home.

The agency also alleged that the director and other officials were running Boys” Children Home in violation of provisions of Juvenile Justice Act.

“The boys were mentally and physically abused in the shelter home. There were no educational recreational or vocational facilities…,” it said.

The observations in the TISS report have been included in the FIR as primary allegations, the officials said.

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PM-Led Panel To Meet On January 24 To Decide On New CBI Director

The selection panel on Alok Verma met last week.

New Delhi: 

A special panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet next week to pick the successor to Alok Verma, whose controversial removal from the top post of the premier Central Bureau of Investigation last week has created a huge political storm.

The decision comes a day after Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wrote to PM Modi, asking him to bring key documents related to the sacking in public domain.

The meeting of the special panel – comprising the prime minister, the Chief Justice of India and the leader of the opposition – will be held on January 24.

It is not known if Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will attend the meeting. He had recused himself from the January 10 meet – where the decision was taken to remove Mr Verma from the post – as he was part of the Supreme Court bench that passed an order reinstating the officer.

The panel had based its decision on a report by the anti-corruption watchdog the Central Vigilance Commission on allegations against Mr Verma.

Mr Kharge, who put up a dissent note flagging how the main allegations against Mr Verma were unsubstantiated, wrote to PM Modi yesterday, asking that the government make the vigilance report public, along with the one by Justice AK Patnaik, who monitored the investigation. The report had been submitted to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover.

Alok Verma was removed from the CBI top post last Thursday, barely 48 hours after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court. The official, who was retiring by the end of this month, quit the next day, refusing to take charge as the Chief of Fire Services.

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PM-Led Selection Panel to meet on January 24 to decide on new CBI director

नई दिल्ली:

CBI के नए डायरेक्टर (CBI Director) की नियुक्ति पर फैसला लेने के लिए 24 जनवरी को सेलेक्शन कमिटी (Selection Panel) की बैठक होगी. बैठक पीएम नरेंद्र मोदी (PM Natendra Modi) के नेतृत्व में होगी. बता दें कि आलोक वर्मा (Alok Verma) को सीबीआई चीफ (Cbi Chief) पद से हटाए जाने के बाद से ही यह पद खाली है. बैठक में चीफ जस्टिस और लोकसभा ने नेता विपक्ष मल्लिकार्जुन खड़गे भी मौजूद रहेंगे. बता दें कि आलोक वर्मा के हटाए जाने के बाद एम नागेश्वर राव को अंतरिम निदेशक बनाया गया है. बता दें कि एक दिन पहले ही मल्लिकार्जुन खड़गे ने प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी को पत्र लिखकर मांग की थी कि वह आलोक वर्मा को सीबीआई के निदेशक के पद से हटाने से जुड़े सभी महत्वपूर्ण दस्तावेजों को सार्वजनिक करें और नए निदेशक की नियुक्ति के लिए चयन समिति की तत्काल बैठक बुलाएं.

आलोक वर्मा को हटाने वाले पैनल का हिस्सा नहीं बनना चाहते थे जस्टिस एके सीकरी : सूत्र

मल्लिकार्जुन खड़गे ने साथ ही केंद्रीय सतर्कता आयोग यानी सीवीसी की रिपोर्ट और 10 जनवरी को उच्चाधिकार प्राप्त चयन समिति की बैठक के ब्यौरे को भी जनता के बीच लाने की मांग की थी, ताकि जनता खुद फैसला करे और किसी निष्कर्ष पर पहुंच सके. खड़गे ने बिना किसी देरी के, नए निदेशक की नियुक्ति के लिए चयन समिति की तत्काल बैठक बुलाने के लिए भी कहा था. उन्होंने यह भी दावा किया था कि इस मामले में सरकार के कदमों से यही संकेत मिलता है कि वह नहीं चाहती कि सीबीआई एक स्वतंत्र निदेशक के तहत काम करे. दरअसल, गत 10 जनवरी को हुई चयन समिति की बैठक में खड़गे ने आलोक वर्मा को सीबीआई निदेशक के पद से हटाए जाने का विरोध किया था. 

VIDEO: सीबीआई चीफ पद से हटाए गए आलोक वर्मा


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Supreme Court To Hear Petition Against Nageswara Rao As CBI Interim Chief

New Delhi: 

A petition challenging M Nageswara Rao’s appointment as the interim chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to be heard by the Supreme Court next week.

Mr Rao took over the top job last Friday after Alok Verma was sacked as the chief the agency by a high-powered panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr Rao promptly reversed all decisions taken in the previous two days by his then boss.

An NGO had filed a petition on Monday through advocate Prashant Bhushan, seeking a direction to cancel the government’s order appointing Mr Rao as the acting director of the agency.  Common Cause, that filed the petition, said it was “illegal, arbitrary, mala fide and in violation of the Delhi Police Special Establishment (DPSE) Act”.

The 1986-batch Odisha cadre Indian Police Service officer first took charge as interim chief under dramatic circumstances on October 23, around 2 am, after Mr Verma was divested of his powers and sent away.

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M Nageswara Rao, Interim CBI Chief, Begins Process Of Making Structural Changes: Officials

The centre had given charge of the agency to Joint Director M Nageswara Rao (File Photo)

New Delhi: 

CBI interim chief M Nageswara Rao has started the process of making structural changes in the Central Bureau of Investigation in order to streamline the work load on various zones of the agency across the country, officials said.

Several senior officers have raised the issue of uneven distribution of work in various zones which is affecting the ongoing probes and work force distribution.

Normally the issues such as these are discussed in the quarterly review meeting of all the joint directors and deputy inspector general when they converge at New Delhi headquarters of the agency.

The last quarterly meeting scheduled in December last year did not take place as the Supreme Court had barred Mr Rao, in his first tenure as acting director, from taking any policy decisions.

In a controversial order on October 23, 2018, the government had divested the powers of the then CBI director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana sending them on forced leave as both had accused each other of corruption.

The move was taken after a bitter battle between the two top officials of the agency spilled in the public domain. A corruption case was filed against Rakesh Asthana. A plea to quash it has been rejected by the Delhi High Court.

The government had given charge of the agency to Joint Director Mr Rao, who was later promoted as additional director.

On a plea of Mr Verma, challenging the forced leave order of the government, the Supreme Court had directed Mr Rao to not take any major policy decision.

The Supreme Court had re-instated Mr Verma on January 8 this year, setting aside government order to send him on forced leave.

Within 48 hours, a high powered committee comprising of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Justice AK Sikri and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge in a split verdict, decided to transfer Mr Verma as Director General Fire Services.

Following the decision, Mr Rao was again given the charge of the agency.

Mr Rao has now moved a proposal among all the joint directors seeking their comments on the restructuring of zones as the previous restrictions imposed by the Supreme Court do not apply in his fresh term, officials said.

Each zone will have a Special Crime branch and an Economic Offences branch in addition to the Anti-Corruption Branches with co-terminus jurisdiction of respective zone, a proposal circulated among all the CBI offices said.

According to the proposal, Anti-Corruption Branch of Bengaluru will be reporting to Chennai zone. It is reporting to Hyderabad which has just three branches under it.

Hyderabad zone will also look after the works of the Anti-Corruption branches of Raipur, Jabalpur and Bhopal.

Mumbai zone will get two new branches, under it a special crime and an Anti-Corruption based in Nagpur, taking the tally from current five to seven branches under it.

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