Delhi: Amidst the ongoing feud inside the premier investigation agency, another Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer has moved the Supreme Court challenging his repatriation to the Intelligence Bureau (IB), terming it "unjustified" and "malafide".
Deputy SP Ashwini Kumar Gupta has alleged that he was repatriated to his parent Intelligence Bureau (IB) cadre as he was investigating various corruption charges against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, who has been divested of his duties and sent on leave along with CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma.
Gupta, in his plea, said he had joined the IB in January 1999 and inducted on deputation to the CBI in July 2014, initially for three years, till June 2017.
Subsequently, he was granted one year extension in the CBI till June 2018 after a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from his parent department.
"CBI wrote to IB seeking NOC again for further extension of the tenure of the Applicant in CBI till June 2019. The IB in June 2018 again gave NOC for further extension of the tenure of the applicant, which was forwarded by the CBI to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in June 2018 itself for its approval as per the procedural requirement, which is presently under process," the plea stated.
The officer claimed that "surprisingly", on the morning of 24 October, 2018, the CBI repatriated him to his parent organisation on the ground that the order of his extension had not been received by the CBI.
"Whereas the fact of the matter is that the NOC from IB was received by the CBI in June 2018 before expiry of the deputation of the applicant and was forwarded to DoPT for their approval in the same month," Gupta said.
He said "singling out" of the applicant was due to the fact that he was one of the officials carrying out investigation, along with another officer AK Bassi, which led to the unearthing of crucial findings, as well as implicating Asthana in the Sterling Biotech case registered on 30 August, 2017.
The officer said he along with Bassi, who has been transferred to Port Blair, visited Vadodara on 7 October, 2018 and conducted the probe till 13 October.
"The gist of the findings of the inquiry conducted at Vadodara...led to the establishment of 'undeniable, cogent, clear and unmistakable' link of Asthana and his family with fugitive accused Nitin and Chetan Sandesara, and that infuriated Asthana so much that he made a mention of the same in his complaint to the Cabinet Secretary on 18 October," he said.
Asthana has levelled corruption allegations against Verma.
Gupta termed his repatriation as "motivated" and "malafide", urging the court to quash it.
Both Bassi and Gupta have filed applications seeking to intervene in the pending petition filed by Verma, who had approached the apex court challenging the Centre's decision to divest him of his duties and sending him on leave following his feud with Asthana.
Pursuant to the top court's order, the Central Vigilance Commission's inquiry against Verma was conducted under the supervision of former apex court judge Justice AK Patnaik. The report was filed in the court on 12 November.
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Updated Date: Nov 18, 2018 18:28:05 IST