New Delhi: Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Alok Verma met the Central Vigilance Commissioner KV Choudhary and it is believed that he has denied allegations of corruption imposed on him by Special Director Rakesh Asthana of the Investigation Agency. Officials said that Verma reached the office of Central Vigilance Commission at 1 pm and met Chaudhary and Vigilance Commissioner Sharad Kumar. The officials did not provide any other information.
The Supreme Court had on October 26 asked the Central Vigilance Commission to investigate allegations made by Asthana on Verma within two weeks. Verma and Asthana have been sent on the leave by the Central Government. Officials said that Asthana also met Chaudhary and Kumar. He said that the commission had recently questioned some officials of the CBI probing important cases. The name of these officials came out in the complaint of the Union of Himachal Pradesh against Verma.
Officials said that the CBI officers of the rank of Superintendent of Police were summoned by the inspector and his statement was recorded in front of a senior CVC officer. Among the officials whose statements were recorded included the Moin Qureshi bribe case, the IRCTC scam associated with the former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and the officials handling cattle smuggling cases. The Supreme Court had directed that the investigation of the CVC against the accused against Verma will be monitored by the retired Judge of the apex court, Justice AK Patnaik. Verma challenged the Government's decision to remove him from duty and send him on leave.
The deadlock between Verma and Asthana was increased recently to register an FIR against Asthana and others. In the FIR, the name of the Deputy Superintendent of Police Devendra Kumar was also registered, in which the CBI is in custody in the alleged bribe case. The CBI had registered an FIR against Octahan on October 15 for allegedly taking bribe of Rs 2 crore from Hyderabad businessman Satna Satish Babu. Two intermediaries were given by Manoj Prasad and Samesh Prasad to influence investigations against alleged bribe meat businessman Moin Qureshi. Asthana had filed a complaint against Verma in the complaint to the Cabinet Secretary on August 24 that he received a bribe of Rs 2 crore from Sana in exchange for help in the inquiry.