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CBI Vs CBI: Agency Tells CVC That Rakesh Asthana Cannot Represent Director Alok Verma

ANANYA BHATNAGAR | 0
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| July 16 , 2018 , 12:30 IST

A tussle has broken out within the primer investigation agency the Central Bureau of Investigation. The agency wrote to the watchdog Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) saying that Rakesh Asthana who is second in command after CBI Director Dr. Alok Verma, does not have the mandate to represent the CBI Director.

According to media reports, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) wrote to the prime watchdog and said that its second most senior officer, Rakesh Asthana does not have the mandate to represent its chief, Director Alok Verma.

The agency further told the CVC that several officers being considered for induction in the agency were under examination by the CBI as suspects or accused in criminal cases under investigation with the Bureau.

Reports further said that the prime investigation agency said that Rakesh Asthana is himself being investigated over various cases and is under the scanner of the investigation agency. The agency further said that it in order to maintain the integrity of the agency he cannot be consulted over the matter of induction.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that it had already expressed its concern on May 18th, 2018 vide letter wherein it was requested that CBI be given sufficient time in advance to conduct due diligence checks on the officers/candidates being proposed for induction

According to a report by The Indian Express, CBI conveyed its concerns to the watchdogs CVC in two separate letters. The letter came as a formal reply to a telephone call from the CVC on July 10, informing it about a meeting of the CBI selection committee on July 12. The CBI letters informed the CVC that it had not received any formal agenda for the meeting.

When CVC asked CBI to about the officer-in-charge to attend the meeting, the agency said that the powers of Director have not been given to Asthana.

K G VILOP

It is very sad and astonished that the power tussle in top rungs of CBI out in the open. The CBI's letter to the CVC says that the second in command of CBI himself is under the scanner in several cases and he cannot be consultedfor inducting officers in the absence of its director. The letter also says that several officers who are being considered for appointment in the agency are facing investigation by the CBI as suspects in criminal cases is a serious issue. The country's premier agency is itself is in a question and integrity of the office.