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CBI vs CBI updates: After Alok Verma, ploy to target ED official Rajeshwar Singh, claims Subramanian Swamy
  • 14:29 (IST)

    CJI Ranjan Gogoi may consider granting urgent hearing to Prashant Bhushan's plea 

    The Supreme Court Thursday said that it would consider according urgent hearing to a PIL seeking court-monitored SIT probe into allegations of corruption against various CBI officials, including Rakesh Asthana, who was divested of his responsibilities as the agency's special director. 
     
     
    A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi considered the submission of lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for NGO Common Cause that there were wider issues of corruption affecting the probe agency and the PIL needed to be heard urgently. 

  • 14:09 (IST)

    Midnight purge at CBI shows Modi govt spending sleepless nights over Rafale, says Mallikarjun Kharge

    "They were perhaps dreaming of Rafale scam and of their friends who have escaped the country with loans and couldn't sleep. That’s why they took this decision overnight. They didn’t even consult us as a courtesy," Leader of Opposition (LoP) Mallikarjun Kharge said over CBI vs CBI row.

  • 13:59 (IST)

    Modi removed CBI chief because he was 'scared' about Rafale: Rahul Gandhi

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed the CBI chief at 1 am at night because he was scared the agency was going to start probing the Rafale fighter jet deal. Taking his campaign against the government to the Mahila Congress, Gandhi said the CBI director can be removed only by a three-member committee comprising the prime minister, the chief justice of India and the leader of the opposition.

  • 13:46 (IST)

    After CBI, CVC, BJP now dragging IB into its mess, says  Congress leader AM Singhvi

    "Today morning, an attempt was made by this government to drag Inteligence into this mess. It has already dragged CBI and CVC into its dirty tricks. We condemn this," Singhvi said.  

  • 13:38 (IST)

    CVC can't sent CBI chief on leave, says Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge

    "It is true that CVC has the right to supervise but he doesn’t have the right to transfer or remove the director. Section 4(A) and 4(B) clearly state how committee constitutes or transfers director. They didn’t even consult us as a courtesy and took this decision overnight. Perhaps, they couldn't sleep," Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said after CBI top boss Alok Verma was removed from post.

  • 13:36 (IST)

    Mallikarjun Kharge writes to Narendra Modi, says CBI director can't be touched without taking selection committee in confidence

    Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his response on the ongoing controversy around CBI. He said that the BJP could not have touched the CBI director without keeping the selection committee in the loop. 

  • 13:26 (IST)

    "Spy & Snoop in India" is the only successful scheme of Modi Ji, tweets Tejashwi Yadav

    "'Spy and Snoop in India' is the only successful scheme of Modi Ji. On PMO’s directions CBI and IB are on infiltrating spree for the benefit of Modi Ji. Did PM take oath to protect the privacy and freedom of its citizens or deliberately violate it through eavesdropping?" Tejaswi Yadav tweeted. 

  • 13:14 (IST)

    Subramanian Swamy backs Alok Verma, says 4 BJP men working against Narendra Modi

    Reacting to the CBI vs CBI row, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy expressed apprehensions that the BJP government may try and protect P Chidambaram. "A gang of four persons is working against PM Modi. Our party's image is being hurt. Nirav Modi, Choksi and Mallya escaped. How can we fight against corruption if this continues? I am still supporter of PM. He is still the best. But his aides are working against him," he told CNN-News18.

  • 13:09 (IST)

    MHA sources say no snooping outside Alok Verma's residence

    The MHA sources said, "IB units are routinely deployed in sensitive areas,one such unit halted on Janpath as there was an unusual collection of people. Since such officials are on routine duty, they carry their I-cards,unlike surveillance that is done covertly, without any visible appurtenances." 

  • 12:22 (IST)

    Heavy security outside CBI headquarters as mystery plot thickens

    In the wake of the unprecedented internal feud between CBI Director and Rakesh Asthana, the security outside the CBI headquarters in New Delhi was beefed up. 

    The infighting in the agency had reached the top court on Wednesday which agreed to hear on 26 October the former's plea assailing the Centre's decision to divest him of duties and sending him on leave. 

  • 12:18 (IST)

    Prashant Bhushan seeks reinstatement of Alok Verma as CBI chief, SIT probe against corrupt officials

    A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court by NGO Common Cause seeking quashing of adverse orders by the government against CBI Director Alok Verma. The plea filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan also seeks quashing of appointment of M Nageshwar Rao as interim Director. Interestingly, the petition also prays that Rakesh Asthana be removed from the post of Special Director of CBI, according to Bar and Bench.

  • 12:07 (IST)

    Routine presence of IB sleuths portrayed in unfortunate manner, says Intelligence Bureau on snooping allegation 

    Intelligence Bureau sources have said that its officials are regularly deployed in high security areas to collect intel data. The sources said that the local law and order agencies were also kept in loop but their presence were portrayed in an unfortunate matter. 

  • 11:53 (IST)

    Men outside Alok Verma home were IB officials, agency says they were out on routine patrol duty

    CNN-News18 quoted Intelligence Bureau sources as saying that the men held outside Alok Verma's residence were indeed IB officials. The news channel reported that the bureau has said that the officials were on a open patrol duty in a high-security area. 

  • 11:31 (IST)

    Watch: Snooping 'IB sleuths' hauled on camera outside Alok Verma's residence

  • 11:21 (IST)

    What has government got to hide, asks Congress over alleged 'snooping' outside Alok verma's residence

  • 11:19 (IST)

    SC to hear fresh plea seeking SIT probe against Rakesh Asthana

    The Supreme Court has agreed to admit a fresh petition filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan seeking SIT probe against CBI officials, including Rakesh Asthana. Bhushan had moved top court seeking intervention into the 'illegal' dismissal of CBI director. 

  • 11:10 (IST)

    Alok Verma’s ED ‘aide’ Rajeshwar Singh could be next on Modi govt radar

    The spillover from CBI drama has stained other organisations as well. According to The Print report, the next on government's radar could be Enforcement Directorate's joint director Rajeshwar Singh. 

    The report said that name of Rajeshwar Singh, who faces allegations of amassing disproportionate assets, has repeatedly cropped up in the CBI saga, and speculation abounds that his suspected proximity to ousted CBI director Alok Verma has irked the government.

  • 10:29 (IST)

    My govt hell bent on protecting corrupt, says Subramanian Swamy 

    Reacting to the CBI vs CBI row, fast spinning into a full blown catastrophe within India's premium investigation agencies, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy expressed apprehensions that the BJP government may try and protect P Chidambaram. 

  • 10:18 (IST)

    4 Men Arrested For 'Snooping' Outside CBI Chief Alok Verma's Home 

    Four unidentified men seen outside the residence of Alok Verma, the CBI director who was send on leave, have been held by his private security officers on Thursday. The identity of the suspects and their motives were yet to be ascertained, but they were reportedly caught snooping outside Verma's CBI House residence on Janpath. Meanwhile, NDTV reported that the detained men were actually Intelligence Bureau officials keeping a watch on Verma.


CBI vs CBI latest updates: Reacting to the CBI vs CBI row, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy expressed apprehensions that the BJP government may try and protect P Chidambaram. "A gang of four persons is working against PM Modi. Our party's image is being hurt. Nirav Modi, Choksi and Mallya escaped. How can we fight against corruption if this continues? I am still supporter of PM. He is still the best. But his aides are working against him," he said.

The Congress on Thursday attacked the Centre after four 'suspected' Intelligence Bureau men were nabbed from outside the residence of Alok Verma, the CBI director who was sent on leave a day ago, saying the 'IB is heading the CBI way'.

"After making CBI as 'Central Burial of Investigation', the (Narendra) Modi government now stoops to a 'new low' — Snooping on 'forcibly removed' CBI Director through IB," Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

Intelligence Bureau sources have said that its officials are regularly deployed in high security areas to collect intel data. The sources said that the local law and order agencies were also kept in loop but their presence were portrayed in an unfortunate matter.

The Supreme Court has agreed to admit a fresh petition filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan seeking SIT probe against CBI officials, including Rakesh Asthana.

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) accused CBI Director Alok Verma, who was divested of his charge on Wednesday, of non-cooperation in producing records and files sought by it on allegations against him and that his "wilful obstruction in the functioning of the Commission is established."

In its eight-page order issued on Tuesday, the CVC has talked about the forwarded complaint it received from the Cabinet Secretary on 24 August this year about allegations including "serious allegations regarding functioning of CBI Director."

It lists three allegations that are "serious in nature having prima-facie vigilance angle which need to be examined quickly by seeking records from the CBI."

An allegation pertains to "payment of Rs 2 crore as bribe by Satish Babu Sana to Director CBI to avoid further interrogation in a case related to Moin Qureshi and others."

Representational Image. AFP

Representational Image. AFP

Another allegation is about "alleged interference and efforts of Director CBI to exclude one of the main suspects namely Rakesh Saxena" in a 2017 case related to IRCTC.

"It is also alleged that instructions were passed by Director CBI to Joint Director CBI Vineet Vinayak for not conducting search at the premises of Lalu Yadav. It is alleged that later, Director CBI was persuaded by the concerned officials in view of the extant court order, and Vinayak was allowed by the Director CBI at the last moment to take flight by a private Airline to conduct the search in the premises of Lalu Yadav," the order said.

The order lists efforts made by CVC to get records relating to the two cases and notes that these had not been submitted.

It also noted that report on a secret note had not been received even after a lapse of 10 months despite reminders.

"It may be observed that Director CBI has not been cooperating in making available the records/files sought by the Commission relating to certain serious allegations...In view of the non-cooperation and non-compliance, the commission is not able to discharge its function," the anti-corruption watchdog said.

The order said the CBI on September 18, 2018 referred to the "secret note" regarding CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana and informed the Commission that the concern on the integrity of the officer turned out to be true and also stated that it has found evidence of his criminal misconduct in at least half a dozen cases and the officer is aware of possession of evidence of his criminal misconduct by the Bureau.

The order said that the CBI requested that complaint of Asthana should be viewed as a desperate attempt by a tainted officer to intimidate the officers of the various ranks in CBI and such complaint may not be entertained.

The complaint was made by Asthana but the order does not reveal his identity and notes that 'it is presumptive on the part of CBI to state that a particular person has made complaint."

"The content of allegations made in the complaint is more important than the identity of complainant,' it said.

The order also said that Asthana had made several oral and written representations from time to time alleging that Verma is prejudiced and biased against him and trying to implicate him in certain cases and requested that in the interest of justice and fairplay, a Special Investigation Team consisting of officers other than Verma and AK Sharma Joint Director (P) be constituted.

The order said that an environment of hostility and factional feud had reached its peak in CBI, leading to potential loss of reputation and credibility. "The grave allegations of corruption by senior functionaries against one another have also vitiated working environment in the organisation which has deep and visible impact on other officers.'

The CVC said the order had been passed keeping in view the "extraordinary and emergent situation."

Another order was issued by the Department of Personnel and Training on Tuesday, divesting Asthana of "functions, powers, duties and supervisory role in any manner."
The DoPT order said that recent developments emerging from actions of Verma and Asthana have been under close examination of the central government.

It noted that the CVC has undertaken an inquiry into specified issues and is committed to staying neutral, independent and uninfluenced from anyone.

The order also talks of the central government invoking its powers due to "extraordinary and unprecedented situation."


Updated Date: Oct 25, 2018 15:10 PM

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