In a dramatic development, the tenure of CBI’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana, who was sent on forced leave by the government, has been curtailed with immediate effect.
The tenures of three more officers — Joint Director Arun Kumar Sharma, Deputy Inspector General Manish Kumar Sinha and Superintendent of Police Jayant J Naiknavare — have also been curtailed.
The development comes days after Alok Verma was shunted out of the post of CBI director and appointed Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards.Verma had refused to take up the new post, saying he had already superannuated from the police service.
Following the removal of CBI’s former head Alok Verma on charges of corruption, the Prime Minister-led selection committee will now meet on January 24 to decide on the next chief.While the decision for the meet came late on Wednesday evening, earlier in the day, there was action in the Supreme Court where the appointment of IPS officer M Nageswara Rao as interim Director has been challenged by a PIL petition.
It may be recalled that it was alleged that the government moved against Alok Verma only to `protect’ Asthana, against whom Verma made severe allegations of corruption and irregulariteis. It was also alleged that Verma refused pressures from `higher ups’ to withdraw his `charges’ agaisnt Asthana.