CBI director Alok Verma appears before CVC for second consecutive day


New Delhi: CBI Director Alok Verma on Friday appeared before a panel headed by Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) KV Chowdary and countered the corruption charges

levelled against him by his deputy and special director in the probe agency Rakesh Asthana for the second consecutive day.

Verma is understood to have given a point-wise refusal to all the allegations levelled by Asthana before the panel comprising Vigilance Commissioners TM Bhasin and Sharad Kumar, officials said.

Justice AK Patnaik, a retired Supreme Court judge, who has been asked by the apex court to supervise the CVC inquiry, was also present.

The Supreme Court had on October 26 asked the Central Vigilance Commission to complete within two weeks its inquiry into the allegations against Verma levelled by Asthana.

The two weeks time limit ends on Sunday and the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the matter on Monday. Feuding officers Verma and Asthana have been sent on leave by the government. Besides Verma, Asthana also had on Thursday met the CVC. He is understood to have given documentary evidence in support of his charges levelled against Verma, the officials said.

The Commission had recently examined some CBI officials probing crucial cases which figured in Asthana’s complaint of corruption against the probe agency’s chief Verma, they said.

The officials said CBI personnel from the rank of inspector up to superintendent of police were called and their versions recorded before a senior CVC official. These officials, who had recorded their statements included those who had handled the Moin Qureshi bribery case, IRCTC scam involving former railway minister Lalu Prasad, and the cattle smuggling case in which a senior BSF officer was caught with wands of cash in Kerala.

The Supreme Court had directed that the CVC’s inquiry into the allegations against Verma, who has challenged the government’s decision divesting him of his duties and sending him on leave, would be conducted under the supervision of Justice A K Patnaik and this was a ‘one-time exception’.

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