Alok Verma counters corruption charges levelled by Asthana

CBI Chief Alok Verma leavs the Home Ministry after a meeting in New Delhi on tuesday. The CBI chief works from the North Block every Tuesdays and Thursdays. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal 231018

CBI Director Alok Verma today appeared before a panel headed by Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary and countered corruption charges levelled against him by his deputy Rakesh Asthana. Vigilance Commissioners T M Bhasin and Sharad Kumar were also part of the panel.

Verma met Chowdary and Kumar, yesterday also, in connection with the inquiry. But the meeting of the inquiry committee to hear Verma was postponed to today, due to the non-availability of one of the Vigilance Commissioners.

Asthana had also met the CVC, besides Verma. He is understood to have given documentary evidence in support of his charges levelled against Verma.

Verma is understood to have given point-wise refusal to all the allegations levelled by Asthana before the panel. Justice A K Patnaik, a retired Supreme Court judge, who has been asked by the apex court to supervise the CVC inquiry was also present, officials said.

The Supreme Court had on October 26 asked the CVC to complete within two weeks its inquiry into the allegations against Verma levelled by Asthana. The two weeks’ time limit ends on Sunday and the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the matter on Monday.

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