New Delhi: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Alok Verma on Wednesday filed a petition challenging the Centre’s order asking him to proceed on leave in view of the allegations levelled against him by Special Director Rakesh Asthana, who was also virtually sacked today. In the petition, Alok Verma accused Asthana of hampering investigations into many sensitive cases including those monitored by the Supreme Court (SC).Also Read - Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor: You Will Soon Reach Delhi From Dehradun in Just 2.5 Hours | All You Need to Know

CBI Director Alok Verma Sent on Leave, Centre Says 'He Wasn't Cooperating With CVC Probe': Check Full Text

CBI Director Alok Verma Sent on Leave, Centre Says 'He Wasn't Cooperating With CVC Probe': Check Full Text

Verma also said that when Asthana was found to have concocted evidence to impugn the petitioner, an FIR was registered against him on Sunday, October 21. “After the appointment of Rakesh Asthana IPS as Special Director, CBI, despite the pendency of cases against him and the reservations in this regard expressed by the Petitioner (Verma), decisions that were crucial to the progress of certain investigations were stymied by Mr Asthana alone. Many of these concerned very sensitive cases including those monitored by this Hon’ble Court,” the petition says. Also Read - BSF Celebrates 57th Raising Day, To Exchange Sweets With Pakistan On Attari-Wagah Border

“As this individual (Asthana) was also found to have concocted evidence to impugn the reputation of the Petitioner, the CBI registered a case against him and the same came to be challenged before the High Court of Delhi,” the petition added. Terming the order of divesting him of his duties as a violation, the CBI chief said, “the Section 4-B of the DSPE secures the two-year period of the Director’s tenure…to secure the independence of the CBI, but the same has been violated by the impugned orders.” Also Read - 'No Data' on Farmers' Deaths, So No Question of Financial Aid: Government

The CBI chief also said that the orders bypass the mandate of the Committee which also includes the Leader of the Opposition and the Chief Justice of India (CJI). Earlier in the day, Congress President Rahul Gandhi made the same allegations and accused Narendra Modi of divesting Alok Verma of his duties to stop him from investigating the Rafale deal probe. Referring to PM Modi as “Mr 56”, the Congress president alleged that by removing Alok Verma, the PM broke the law when he bypassed Chief Justice of India and Leader of Opposition who were in the panel which selected the CBI chief.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it will hear Verma’s plea challenging the Centre’s order asking him to proceed on leave on October 26. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday said Verma’s plea would be taken up on October 26 after his counsel pressed for an urgent hearing on the midnight order issued against the central probe agency’s chief following an escalation of the rift between the top officials at the Bureau over bribery charges.

The CBI on Tuesday also suspended its Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar, who was arrested on Monday on the charge of falsification of records while probing allegations against meat exporter Moin Qureshi. It also added five new sections into the existing bribery FIR lodged against its Special Director.