CBI reshuffles team probing case against ex-Special Director Rakesh Asthana
The CBI has overhauled the team probing allegations of corruption against its former Special Director Rakesh Asthana, bringing in completely new faces, officials said today. M Nageswar Rao, a 1986-batch Odisha cadre IPS officer, who took over the duties and functions of CBI director late last night, appointed Satish Dagar as Superintendent of Police to probe the case, they said. Here's more.
Dagar probed cases against Dera Sachcha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim. His first supervisor will be Deputy Inspector General, Tarun Gauba, who investigated the Vyapam cases. At the Joint Director-Level, V Murugesan has been appointed. He will hold additional charge as Joint Director, Anti Corruption-I, in the CBI headquarters. The Supreme Court had reposed faith in Murugesan in the coal scam probe, officials said.
In another order, the CBI transferred Joint Director-Policy, Arun Kumar Sharma, and posted him as Joint Director of the Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA), probing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination case. Senior officer, A Sai Manohar, has been transferred and posted as Joint Director Chandigarh zone while Amit Kumar, DIG Economic Offense-III, will hold additional charge of Joint Director-Policy.
The previous investigating officer, Deputy SP AK Bassi, has been shunted to Port Blair in "public interest" with "immediate effect", they said. Asthana, in his complaint to the Central Vigilance Commission, alleged that Bassi was carrying out "roving inquiries" against him on the directions of Alok Verma, the CBI Director who has been divested of all powers by the government along with him.