Nageshwar Rao Is Corrupt: Prashant Bhushan..

Nageshwar Rao Is Corrupt: Prashant Bhushan..

In his petition, he cited "tacit government influence" in the matter and submitted that the CBI ought to be "insulated" from government interference.

"Over the recent past, although all functionaries within the CBI from the investigating officer and the superintending officers up to the Joint Director and the Director have agreed on a certain course of action, the Special Director has been of a different view", the plea said. The report noted that Asthana may have been the government's primary point person in the agency for this, leading to a war-like situation within the CBI. However, Asthana's promotion was cleared.

"CBI chief Alok Verma had been collecting papers on the Rafael scam". The impugned orders run counter to the dictum of the Supreme Court in Vineet Narain, 2G and Coal Block cases that the CBI should be insulated from governmental interference. It appears that Verma now will have a lot of explaining to do: both to the CVC and the Special Investigation Team.

The CBI has alleged that bribes were given at least five times between December 2017 and October 2018.

Prominent leaders from several parties join Congress in protest

With the intention of insulating the independence of CBI from political executive, the Director's tenure has been fixed as two years as per Section 4A of the DPSE. Kumar has been accused of fabricating the statements given by Sathish Babu Sana, a witness in the Qureshi case, showing that he had recorded a statement on September 26, 2016, in New Delhi. However, the petitioner has undertaken to furnish the details to the Court. The CBI was directed to maintain status quo and was also ordered to not arrest Asthana until the next date of hearing. Delhi HC has also clarified that this does not qualify as a stay on the probe into the claims.

As the government went into a damage control mode, Joint Director M Nageswar Rao, a 1986-batch Odisha cadre IPS officer, was appointed to look after the "duties and functions" of the director with "immediate effect" as an "interim measure". "Government of the corrupt, for the corrupt, by the corrupt", he said on Twitter while responding to Verma's removal. Additionally, two floors of the CBI headquarters were sealed and a new interim director was appointed to head the agency facing internal feuds between the two top-level officials.

The Congress is charging that Verma was "de-facto removed" because he was about to open an investigation into the Rafale controversy.

The CBI on Wednesday said a special team formed to probe allegations of extortion and corruption against its Special Director would carry out an expeditious, impartial and fair inquiry.

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