CVC may summon CBI Director Alok Verma, Spl Director Asthana

Source: PTI | Published on 31st October 2018, 6:05 PM | National News |

NEW DELHI: The CVC might summon CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana to record their statements as part of an inquiry being conducted on the Supreme Court's direction, according to the graft watchdog's chief K V Chowdary.

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) initiated the probe following a complaint of corruption against Verma.

The commission has got most of the files related to the cases, in whose probe, the charges of alleged interference by Verma came up, Chowdary told reporters Wednesday on the sidelines of an event here.

"We have got most of the files. We are in process of getting some files from the CBI. Nothing much can be said now as the matter is sub judice," he said.

When asked by PTI, whether the CVC plans to call Verma and Asthana to record their statements, Chowdary said that "as of now we are examining the documents and if there the need arises, then all concerned would be called in".

He said no summons have been issued either to Verma or Asthana to appear before it in connection with the probe.

The CVC had Tuesday examined some CBI officials probing crucial cases which figured in Asthana's complaint of corruption against the CBI chief Alok Verma, officials said.

They said officials from the rank of inspector up to the superintendent of police of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) were called and their versions were recorded before a senior official of the CVC.

The officials who recorded their statements Tuesday include those who handled the Moin Qureshi bribery case, the IRCTC scam, involving former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, the cattle smuggling case in which a senior BSF officer was caught with wands of cash in Kerala, according to the officials.

These officials were called from the CBI headquarters here and some from zonal offices, including Kochi, they said requesting anonymity.

Supreme Court had on Friday asked the CVC, that exercises superintendence over the CBI in corruption matters, to complete within two weeks its inquiry into allegations against Verma levelled by Asthana.

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