Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Another Telangana man to steer CBI in troubled times

Rakesh Asthana,Supreme Court,Alok Verma CBI special director Rakesh Asthana addresses the media in New Delhi
Andrew Cummings | 26 October, 2018, 00:06

Rao then sent out letters to the officers part of both Verma's and Asthana's team on leave.

Taking his campaign against the government to the Mahila Congress, Gandhi said the CBI director can be removed only by a three-member committee comprising the prime minister, the chief justice of India and the leader of the opposition. They identified themselves as Dheeraj Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Prashant Kumar and Vineet Kumar Gupta, claiming to be IB officers. The sources said that one such unit, in the early hours of Thursday, halted on Janpath, where there was an "unusual collection of people".

The Congress will hold protests on Friday outside all CBI offices across the country, demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reinstatement of CBI director Alok Verma who was sent on leave. This is a high security zone. It's units are routinely deployed on a regular basis in sensitive areas. At other times, "a surprise element is also built in". "Unfortunately, their presence was projected otherwise", a senior official said.

This also enables law enforcement agencies to respond immediately to developing situations.

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But Emery still singled out Lichtsteiner for praise because of his attitude on the pitch. "That's the flawless team goal". The Sky Sports Power Rankings will be updated every week during the season, so be sure to keep an eye on the big movers.

The CBI today rejected a report that files related to several crucial cases, including that of the Rafale fighter aircraft deal, was under the consideration of its Director Alok Verma when he was divested of his powers by the centre.

The government's actions "give serious credence to the requirement" that the CBI be given independence from the DoPT which "seriously hinders" the former's "independent functioning". Till Wednesday evening, it was unclear whether Asthana was also planning to challenge the CVC orders divesting him from his role.

Verma moved the Supreme Court Wednesday challenging the government's decision after which it agreed to hear his plea on Friday.

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