CVC grills CBI’s Alok Verma for second day
Alok Verma is said to have issued a point-wise rebuttal of charges levelled against him by Rakesh Asthana
New Delhi: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma appeared before a panel headed by central vigilance commissioner K.V. Chowdary for the second consecutive day on Friday, and countered the graft charges levelled against him by special director Rakesh Asthana.
Verma issued a point-wise rebuttal of all the allegations levelled by Asthana while deposing before the panel comprising vigilance commissioners T.M. Bhasin and Sharad Kumar, said an official aware of the development.
Justice A.K. Patnaik, a retired Supreme Court judge, was also present, the official added.
The SC had asked Patnaik to supervise the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiry against Verma, who had moved the apex court against the government’s decision to divest him of his powers and send him on leave.
The SC on 26 October asked the CVC to complete its inquiry into the allegations against Verma within two weeks. The two weeks end on Sunday, but the SC has yet to schedule the matter for hearing. Both Verma and Asthana were divested of their powers and sent on leave by the centre last month.
Verma was summoned by CVC on Friday after Asthana met the vigilance watchdog on Thursday.
Asthana had alleged that he had documentary evidence of Verma accepting a ₹2 crore-bribe from Sathish Sana, the main eyewitness in the case against meat exporter Moin Qureshi.
Officials aware of the development said that Asthana had submitted the evidence in support of the charges levelled by him against Verma.
CVC had also recently examined some CBI officials investigating crucial cases that figured in Asthana’s complaint of corruption against the director.
CBI personnel from the rank of inspector up to superintendent of police were called and their versions recorded before a senior CVC official, the people aware of the issue said.
The officials who had recorded their statements included those who had handled the Moin Qureshi bribery case, the IRCTC scam involving former Union railway minister Lalu Prasad, and the cattle smuggling case in which a senior Border Security Force officer was caught with unaccounted for cash in Kerala.
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