New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is set to submit all the essential documents for a probe into the allegations against director Alok Verma to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on Monday, stated officials in the know of the matter.
Other members involved in the case, including Verma, Asthana, joint directors Arun Kumar Sharma and A Sai Manohar, deputy inspector general Manish Sinha, superintendent of police Jagroop Gusinha, deputy superintendents of police Ajay Bassi and Devendra Kumar will be examined by the CVC, said the officials.
On Friday, the Supreme Court had ordered the CVC to finish its inquiry into the case in a matter of two weeks. On the same day, a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph began their hearing on the petition filed by Verma challenging the Centre’s decision to divest him and send him on leave.
A report by The Hindustan Times quoted an anonymous government official as saying, “The CVC has been given a very short period of two weeks to complete the inquiry. The CBI has been asked to provide all the files and documents by Monday. The files and documents may run into thousands of pages and they all have to be scrutinised. The CVC is running against time if it has to complete the probe within the stipulated time.”
As per the CVC order, Verma will be divested of his responsibilities on Tuesday. The decision was taken reportedly due to the uncooperative behaviour of the agency working under Verma in finding the truth about Asthana’s allegations. Three notices were earlier issued by the CVC on September 11 which summarise Asthana’s allegations under categories. Since the CBI had given a time limit of two weeks to complete the inquiry, the CVC is likely to submit the documents and call the members involved in the case for a CBI examination.