Nageshwar Rao Is Corrupt: Prashant Bhushan..

Nageshwar Rao Is Corrupt: Prashant Bhushan..

Nageshwar Rao Is Corrupt: Prashant Bhushan..

The CBI had registered an FIR against Asthana and his Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar lodged on a written complaint of businessman Sathish Sana.

According to the plea, the provisions of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, and the Lokpal Act protect the tenure of the CBI director.

On these grounds, Verma challenged the government's leave order in the Supreme Court, claiming that the Centre had bypassed established procedures and had therefore "violated the independence of the CBI". "I shall then withdraw from all the corruption cases I have filed", he said in a tweet.

Mr. Verma has moved Supreme Court against the said order.

Jaitley said the government's decision to remove the CBI's top officers is based on the CVC's recommendations, asserting it is absolutely essential to restore the agency's institutional integrity and credibility. In June 2018, Alok Verma wrote another letter to the CVC that Asthana could not represent him in his absence since the latter faces allegations of corruption. The presence of their men outside the directors house is likely to generate a political storm as opposition political parties are watching the developments closely and accusing the government of interference in the law enforcement agencies.

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The tussle between CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana started in 2017.

He has also sought the "constitution of a special investigation team to look into the recent unprecedented events which have unfolded in past few days and also to investigate the allegations of corruption against the senior officials of the CBI and submit the report before this... court for consequent action".

Asthana was also probing the INX Media case, allegedly involving former Union minister P. Chidambaram, as well as the IRCTC tender issuance case involving former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. Following this, Congress party president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to say, "The PM's blue-eyed boy, Gujarat cadre officer, of Godra SIT fame, infiltrated as No. 2 into the CBI, has now been caught taking bribes".

The prime minister-led appointments committee in an order Tuesday night had given charge of director to Rao with immediate effect, a government order said.

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