CVC cites Asthana’s ‘secret note’ against Verma

Four men were arrested outside CBI Director chief Alok Verma's home in Delhi on Wednesday morning, allegedly for suspiciously skulking around the house.

Meanwhile, few other officials along with Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, were also asked to go on leave. Joint CBI director M Nageshwar Rao was appointed as the interim chief of the country's premier probe agency.

The Centre, the CVC and the DoPT intervened and chose to send the CBI Director and the Special Director on leave. The unprecedented internal feud between CBI Director and Asthana had reached the top court on Wednesday which agreed to hear on October 26 the former's plea assailing the Centre's decision to divest him of duties and sending him on leave.

The CBI had registered an FIR against Asthana and his Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar lodged on a written complaint of businessman Sathish Sana. The men were caught by Verma's security guard and later taken inside the home.

"The recent developments with regard to various actions taken by Director/Special Director of the CBI have also become a subject matter of critical and negative public debate which has the serious potential of eroding the trust and faith which the CBI enjoys", the Ministry order said.

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Asthana had moved the High Court against the FIR filed against CBI earlier this week.

He said that neither Verma's removal nor Rao's appointment was referred to the Selection Committee, as is required under the law and the Supreme Court directives.

Immediately after taking charge at around midnight, Rao ordered the transfers of a dozen officers, with one of them being sent to Port Blair. Also on the list were HoB Ram Gopal, SP Satish Dagar and director generals, namely A Sai Manohar, Arun Kumar Sharma, V Murugesan and additional SP SS Gurm. But was the Leader of Opposition or the CJI called?

A CBI spokesman later said that the SIT will carry out an impartial and fair inquiry expeditiously. Under this PM, the CBI is a weapon of political vendetta.

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