As Supreme Court hears the CBI case today, DIG M K Sinha’s petition has escalated the unprecedented war in the agency to high levels in the government, and raised the stakes in the battle. Who are these fighters?
The Khulafa-e-Rashideen masjid at Uttawar village in Palwal was searched by NIA officers on October 3, days after the agency arrested three men, including the Imam of the mosque, Mohammed Salman, in Delhi in an alleged terror-funding case.
The case pertains to an alleged ponzi scheme floated by a company called Ambidant Marketing Pvt Ltd which, police said, received funds in the name of “halal investment” and offered investors returns to the extent of 144 per cent per annum.
Rahul Gandhi and Chandrababu Naidu are also learnt to have discussed their proposed alliance in Telangana for the upcoming Assembly polls and the issues that the two parties will support each other on.
With the country’s premier investigation agency witnessing an unprecedented battle between Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, The Sunday Express charts the journey of the two officers — one who climbed the ranks unnoticed, the other flamboyant and high-profile — until their paths crossed at the CBI.
CBI Joint Director Arun Kumar Sharma’s son and daughter are on the board of directors of at least four companies where their partners range from a person mentioned in the list of undesirable contact men to the relative of a caterer recently raided by the CBI.
The investigations also connect Rakesh Asthana to Chetan Sandesara, a fugitive in the Rs 5,000-crore loan default case being probed by CBI. However, at the time of the wedding, Sandesara was not facing any probe by the agency.