New Delhi: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma is facing a Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) probe after a complaint filed by his colleague, said media reports on Friday. The CVC initiated the probe following a complaint by CBI second-in-command Special Director Rakesh Asthana that Verma tried to impede his functioning, interfere in investigations and malign his reputation on the basis of unverified facts. Also Read - Shekhar Suman Speaks on Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case Again, Says Agencies Are Helpless in Absence of Evidence
Asthana heads a Special Investigation Team that is handling the probe in high-profile cases like the Kingfisher and AgustaWestland investigations, among others. Asthana has also alleged that Verma asked him to call off planned raids against RJD chief Lalu Prasad in Patna last year. The CVC has initiated a primary inquiry even as the CBI spokesperson has refuted all the claims. Also Read - CBI Raids 40 Places Across 3 States In Connection With Illegal Coal Trade
In July this year, amid reports of a power tussle between the two senior officers, the Central Vigilance Commission had given the go-ahead for extending the tenure of some key officers in the premier investigating agency including those who have worked closely in some high profile cases as part of Asthana’s team. Also Read - CBI Arrests ex-Congress Minister Roshan Baig in IMA Ponzi Scam Case
In 2017, Verma made it to the top post in the premier investigating agency, pipping a number of contenders, including Director General of Indo Tibetan Border Police Krishna Choudhary and Maharashtra’s Director General of Police S C Mathur. Verma, a 1979 batch IPS officer of Arunachal Pradesh- Goa-Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, took over as Delhi Police Commissioner on February 29, 2016. Fifty-nine-year-old Verma, who belongs to Delhi, has worked in various positions in Delhi Police, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Mizoram and in the Intelligence Bureau.
Meanwhile, Asthana investigated the fodder scam that led to the arrest of Lalu Yadav. He also caught DGMS Director General taking bribes in Dhanbad. He had examined the infamous Godhra incident, which was constituted under the guidance of the Supreme Court.