Massive shakeup at CBI after interim boss takes charge

Verma knocked on the doors of the Supreme Court Wednesday, challenging the government's decision. "Unfortunately, their presence was projected otherwise", the statement said.

After a spell of the internal fighting in the premier investigating agency, the Centre divested Verma and Asthana from their roles and asked them to go on leave.

According to the plea, the provisions of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, and the Lokpal Act protect the tenure of the CBI director.

The decision came following a bitter battle being fought between Verma and CBI's special director Rakesh Asthana. It also said that his "faction feud" with Asthana "vitiated" the environment at the agency and resulted in the divestment of powers of both officers. More often than not, they become weapons in the hands of the ruling party to silence opposition leaders or coerce them into submission.

The Delhi Police on Thursday morning detained four persons outside the home of ousted Central Bureau of Investigation Director Alok Verma for allegedly lurking around the building and trying to spy, NDTV reported. "He was forcibly sent on leave". Besides, he is the first one in Odisha who sought help of DNA fingerprinting to probe rape cases.

"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.

It is further stated that Alok Verma had received a complaint on October 5 regarding corruption allegations against top functionaries in the Rafale deal. Following this, Congress party president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to say, "The PM's blue-eyed boy, Gujarat cadre officer, of Godra SIT fame, infiltrated as No. 2 into the CBI, has now been caught taking bribes".

The petition also points out that officer who was investigating the case against Respondent No.4 has been transferred to Port Bliar with immediate effect in a completely mala fide manner on 24.10.2018.


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