CBI's fight with itself continues: Top developments

* The bodyguards of ex-CBI director Alok Verma on Thursday morning stuck 4 men from a car who had been seen being manhandled and driven within Verma's place of dwelling the place they had been questioned for around 45 minutes. Verma's personnel accused them of belonging to the Intelligence Bureau (IB). However, IB sources clarified, its officers had been on routine patrol accountability. They weren't snooping on Verma when they had been stuck by his personnel.

* Prashant Bhushan, appearing for NGO 'Common Cause', filed a PIL within the Supreme Court (SC), in the hunt for court-monitored SIT probe into allegations of corruption against quite a lot of CBI officials, together with Rakesh Asthana, who was divested of his obligations because the agency's particular director. The SC said that it'll look into the plea.

* Following the drama outdoor Verma's place of dwelling, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that when making CBI as 'Central Burial of Investigation', Modi govt stooped to a 'new low' by snooping on 'forcibly removed' CBI director via IB. "Let everyone be forewarned, IB is heading the CBI way!" Surjewala tweeted.

* Opposition comprising the Congress, AAP and CPM, alleged that Verma was removed as a result of he was going to order a probe into the charges within the Rafale deal and added that the step was taken at the advice of the CVC to maintain the institutional integrity of the probe agency.

* Finance minister Arun Jaitley rubbished the allegations and said that if what the 3 events are announcing is true,"then this itself casts serious doubts on the fairness of the investigation. It violates the integrity of the person," he said.

* Jaitley additionally said that SIT might be shaped to go into mutual allegations of bribery levelled by Verma and Asthana in step with the primary that those accused is not going to probe the charges or supervise the investigation into charges against them.

* The millionaire meat exporter from Kanpur, Moin Akhtar Qureshi's name has additionally figured within the scuffle. Qureshi faces multiple investigations, starting from tax evasion to money laundering and corruption. Asthana has alleged that Verma took Rs 2 crore bribe from Sana, a suspect, to offer relief within the Qureshi case while Verma filed an FIR against Asthana remaining week alleging that the latter took Rs three crore from Sana.

The CBI feud

* Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana have been warring for a year now over seniority, appointment problems that eventually culminated into a grievance first filed by Asthana accusing Verma of a number of improprieties, while Verma retaliated by registering an FIR against his deputy for alleged corruption which resulted both being benched.

* The CVC, which really useful to bench both the officers, said that Verma had now not cooperated in its probe over corruption allegations against him.

* The CVC sought after to make available data in the case of proceedings about Verma's personal role in allegedly shielding one of the most major suspects within the UPA-era railway contracts rip-off and in addition allegations levelled by Asthana about bribes within the Moin Qureshi case.

* The CVC said despite reminders, CBI failed to supply information at the circumstances, but it surely then came to light that the agency had registered an FIR against Asthana at the basis of a observation by an accused being probed by the officer. The CBI’s perspective established “non-cooperation” and “noncompliance” and amounted to “wilful obstruction” of the CVC’s functioning, it said.

* The Centre overpassed the No. three, A Ok Sharma, allegedly for his proximity to Verma in coping with circumstances against Asthana, and appointed joint director M Nageswar Rao interim CBI chief on Wednesday.

* The govt denied that Verma has been transferred, contending that Rao’s appointment as CBI head was an “interim measure” that will subsist “till the CVC concludes its inquiry into all problems that have given rise to the current unusual and unheard of state of affairs and till CVC and/or govt takes appropriate decision according to the regulation”.

* As many as 13 officers were shuffled thought to be as regards to Alok Verma and reconstituted the staff investigating corruption allegations against Rakesh Asthana and his SIT staff members.

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