CBI director Alok Verma and CBI No. 2 Rakesh Asthana have been sent on forced leave
Exiled CBI director Alok Verma has been asked by the Supreme Court to respond to the Central Vigilance Commission’s inquiry report on allegations of corruption against him. The report is “complimentary on some charges, not so complimentary on some charges and very uncomplimentary on some charges,” the court told the CBI chief today, asking him to respond to the report in a sealed cover by Monday.
The court also said further inquiry was required into some charges.
The vigilance report is a “mix” and exhaustive, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi told the CBI chief. “This report can be given to you in a sealed cover and you give reply in sealed cover,” Chief Justice Gogoi said.
Sources have said the vigilance commission has found no evidence of bribe-taking as alleged by CBI number two Rakesh Asthana, but has noted “administrative lapses” on his part.
The court had asked the top vigilance body to wrap up its investigation within two weeks, under the supervision of a retired judge.
Rakesh Asthana had written to the government and the vigilance chief accusing his boss of taking bribe from a businessman on the CBI’s radar.
Mr Asthana had also accused the CBI director of not sharing crucial intelligence inputs against two industrialists with other agencies, and missing the name of a senior railway official from the FIR filed in the railway hotel scam involving Lalu Yadav’s family.
Alok Verma also accused Mr Asthana of taking bribe from the same businessman and launched an investigation against the special director.
The unprecedented rift within the country’s top investigating agency was exposed when Alok Verma’s team filed a case against Mr Asthana, who in turn wrote to the cabinet secretary and the vigilance chief listing allegations against the CBI chief.
As the opposition seized on the turmoil within the CBI, its top two were sent on compulsory leave on October 23.