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In CBI Vs CBI, Agency Arrests It's Own Officer, PMO Summons Top 2

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| October 23 , 2018 , 11:43 IST

The internal war at India’s premier investigation agency Central Bureau of Investigation took a turn when it arrested it’s own official on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervening into the matter summoned CBI Director Alok Verma and the second in command and Special Director Rakesh Asthana to his office (PMO).

According to top government officials, there is a very less chance that the central government would take any action against Rakesh Asthana. According to a top official, the investigative agency did not follow the correct protocol before filing a case against Asthana.

In an unprecedented move, the Central Bureau of Investigation arrested their own officer identified as DSP Devendra Kumar in connection with bribery allegations involving its Special Director and second-in-command Rakesh Asthana.

According to reports, Kumar, who was earlier the investigation officer in a case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi, has been arrested on the allegations of forgery in recording the statement of Sathish Sana, who had alleged to have paid bribes to get relief in the case.     

The investigation agency in a statement said, “It was found that Devender Kumar had fabricated the statement...to corroborate the baseless allegations made by Rakesh Asthana against Alok Verma to the Chief Vigilance Commission. The role of other officers of the SIT supervising the Moin Qureshi case is also being probed.”

The rift at the top in CBI has been out in the open, with reports of a fallout between Verma and Asthana surfacing earlier this year, after the agency in a letter to the CVC made it clear that Asthana had not been given any powers to represent the director in the latter’s absence.