ASSIGNED TO probe allegations against CBI Director Alok Verma, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has sought from the CBI file notings, records and other documents related to mainly two cases — Moin Qureshi and IRCTC scam involving RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family members, sources said. CBI No. 2 Rakesh Asthana has accused Verma of misconduct, interference in investigation and corruption.
Officials said the communication from CVC is learnt to have been issued soon after the Supreme Court ordered it to complete its investigation within two weeks and appointed Justice A K Patnaik, a retired judge of the apex court, to monitor the probe. When contacted, CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said, “The matter is being examined by the CVC and we would not like to comment.”
CBI is expected to produce original note sheets and records by Monday through its representatives. It has been alleged that one Satish Babu Sana paid a bribe of Rs 2 crore to the CBI Director to avoid further action in the Moin Qureshi case. Verma, before being divested of his responsibilities, booked Asthana on similar charges for allegedly receiving money to give relief to Sana.
The commission, sources said, will also look into the delay, if any, on the part of the Director to issue a look out circular, and proposal for custodial interrogation and arrest of Sana. Asthana, the CBI special director, has alleged that Verma did not give approval for Sana’s custodial interrogation and arrest.
The second case for which CVC has sought documents relates to Verma’s alleged “undue interference” and “efforts” to exclude the name of one Rakesh Saxena from the IRCTC scam FIR in which Lalu Prasad and his son Tejashwi have been named.
The commission, officials said, will examine the paper trail and file noting as it has been alleged that Verma first asked Asthana to call off the raid at Patna and later Joint Director Vineet Vinayak had to take a private airline to conduct the raid in view of court orders. Sources said Vinayak’s testimony will be recorded by the CVC to establish the sequence of events and since Vinayak’s office took approval for making the airline booking, a trail can be established.
The CVC, in its October 23 order, stated the number of times the commission wrote to CBI relating to allegations against the director by his deputy. “But even after 40 days and multiple adjournments, Director CBI has not been cooperating in making available the records/files sought by the commission relating to certain serious allegations,” CVC has observed.
Asthana first wrote to Cabinet Secretary on August 24 and his complaint was referred to CVC on August 31. Asthana was called for examination on September 10. CVC served three notices to Verma, starting September 11, and demanded documents. Verma, in his response on September 18, levelled allegations against Asthana. The CBI said in its communication to CVC that it is investigating Asthana’s role in atleast half-a-dozen cases.
Asthana’s complaint also mentions CBI joint director Rajiv Singh, who was recently repatriated to his parent cadre. Asthana has alleged that a case of bank fraud was registered on March 31, 2016 on a written complaint from Allahabad Bank, accusing some persons of availing loans on the basis of forged documents. “The firm belonged to Sanjay Singh, brother of CBI joint director Singh…To protect Rajiv Singh and his brother, the file was kept pending for more than 10 months by JD, Patna, Bhanu Bhaskar,” Asthana alleged.
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