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18 Jan 2019

After Alok Verma's exit, Rakesh Asthana moved out of CBI

Rakesh Asthana moved out of CBI

A week after CBI Director Alok Verma was transferred by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led panel, his deputy Rakesh Asthana was moved out of Central Bureau of Investigation.

Along with Asthana, the government also moved out three other officers from the federal agency on Thursday.

The infighting between the two officers, who were on top posts of the agency, snowballed into a huge controversy.

In context

Rakesh Asthana moved out of CBI
Apart from Asthana, three officers were moved out

Decision

Apart from Asthana, three officers were moved out

An order of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) led to the 'immediate curtailment of tenure' of officers.

Joint Director AK Sharma, DIG MK Sinha and SP Jayant Naiknavare have also been moved out of the agency with immediate effect.

All the aforementioned officers, except Naiknavare, had key roles in the Verma-Asthana nasty battle.

They will be notified about new postings.

Here's what future holds for the officers

Reports claim Asthana would be made the Chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security. Sharma would be given the post of Additional DG in CRPF and Sinha could go to the Bureau of Police Research and Development. Naiknavare could go back to Maharashtra, his parent cadre.

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Termination

In 2016, Asthana got a top post in CBI

Notably, Asthana's tenure is ending well before time. He was elevated to the top post in 2016, a decision which Verma had reportedly opposed. The usual stint of a CBI officer lasts for seven years.

For a year now, the number 1 and number 2 of CBI have been engrossed in an ugly battle with both of them leveling corruption charges on one another.

Understanding the role of Sharma in the battle

Relationships

Understanding the role of Sharma in the battle

Asthana was accused of taking a bribe of Rs. 3 crore in the Moin Qureshi case and CBI filed an FIR against him, under Sharma's supervision. Sharma was considered close to Verma.

So when Verma was reinstated to the top post by Supreme Court last week, he brought back Sharma, who had been transferred.

Later, interim CBI Chief Nageshwar Rao overturned this decision.

Overturning orders

Similarly, Verma also brought back Sinha to headquarters

In August 2018, Asthana wrote to Cabinet Secretary against probe on him, led by Sharma. He claimed one of the men on Sharma's team had doubtful integrity.

Not only did Verma bring back Sharma after being handed over CBI's reins, but he also brought back Sinha to the headquarters.

Sinha was transferred to Nagpur, a transfer he claimed stemmed from his investigation on Asthana.

Sinha had claimed NSA Ajit Doval interfered in investigation

Charges

Sinha had claimed NSA Ajit Doval interfered in investigation

Sinha had knocked the doors of SC after he wasn't 'allowed' to probe Asthana, allegedly by NSA Ajit Doval. He also leveled interference allegations on Minister of State for Coal and Mines Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary and Law Secretary Suresh Chandra. Both denied the charges.

Naiknavare's transfer is not related to infighting. He himself wanted to be shifted to Maharashtra and his request was entertained.

Plea rejected

Earlier, Delhi HC didn't quash FIR against Asthana

Exiting CBI is not the only concern surrounding Asthana. On January 11, the Delhi High Court rejected plea seeking quashing of FIR against him. The court also refused to grant him interim protection from arrest.

CBI was directed to complete the investigation within 10 days and submit charge sheet.

Following the setback, Asthana approached the court again seeking corrections in the judgment.

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Who is Rakesh Asthana?

Why were Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana fighting?

Who took the decision to remove Asthana?

When will CBI get a new boss?

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Who is Rakesh Asthana?

Asked on 18-01-2019 by Reyansh Saxena

Answered by NewsBytes

Rakesh Asthana was the Special Director of CBI. He was moved out of the agency on January 17, 2018.

Why were Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana fighting?

Asked on 18-01-2019 by Saanvi Tambe

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Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana leveled corruption charges against one another. An FIR was filed against Asthana by CBI but he cried conspiracy at hands of Verma.

Who took the decision to remove Asthana?

Asked on 18-01-2019 by Vishal Chatterjee

Answered by NewsBytes

The Home Ministry's Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) signed the order leading to Asthana's removal.

When will CBI get a new boss?

Asked on 18-01-2019 by Divya Chopra

Answered by NewsBytes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led panel is expected to meet on January 24 to decide the next boss of CBI.

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