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NSA, Minister hampered Asthana probe: CBI officer

DIG plea in SC against transfer alleges interference, bribery

A senior CBI officer, who supervised the team probing the corruption case against the agency’s Special Director R.K. Asthana, moved the Supreme Court on Monday leveling a series of allegations involving National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Central Vigilance Commissioner K.V. Chowdhary, Law Secretary Suresh Chandra and Union Minister of State for Coal and Mines Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary.

Urging the court to step in before the CBI became the ‘Centre for Bogus Investigation,’ Manish Kumar Sinha, DIG (Head of Branch), CBI, Anti-Corruption Branch, Nagpur, narrated alleged instances in which Mr. Doval seems to have stalled his team’s investigation into the FIR against Mr. Asthana and CBI officer Devender Kumar, among others. “The investigation team has been penalised/victimised because of its impartiality and diligence,” he said, seeking the quashing of his transfer.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is to hear the petition filed by the exiled CBI Director Alok Verma in which he has alleged that his removal was the work of “high functionaries” who wanted to shackle the agency’s probe into several sensitive cases.

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