CBI arrests its Deputy SP, PMO summons Director, Spl Director

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Oct 2018 08:43:22

 (left) Special Director Rakesh Asthana (right) CBI Director Alok Verma 



Devender Kumar who was earlier the investigation officer in a case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi, has been arrested on allegations of forgery in recording the statement of Sathish Sana, who had alleged to have paid bribes to get relief in the case

THE rift in the top in CBI took a serious turn on Monday when a Deputy Superintendent of Police was arrested for alleged falsification of records in the bribery allegations against Special Director Rakesh Asthana as Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped in amid the fracas between the top two officials.

The PMO summoned CBI Director Alok Verma and Asthana in an apparent bid to put a lid on the open war between the two officials, who had levelled bribery allegations against each other.

There was no official word on what the officials discussed with the higher-ups in the Prime Minister’s office, but it is understood that the two officials have been told to make amends as the image of the organisation has taken a beating in the public eye, a point Opposition parties made in their criticism. During the day, the agency arrested its Deputy Superintendent Devendra Kumar, who was earlier the investigation officer in a case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi, on a charge of “falsification of records”. Kumar’s arrest comes a day after the agency registered an FIR against Asthana and several others for allegedly accepting bribes to settle a case of meat exporter Moin Qureshi, who is facing multiple cases of money laundering and corruption.

The CBI has alleged that bribes were given at least five times between December, 2017 and October this year. “Kumar, who has been the investigation officer in the Qureshi case, has been arrested on the allegation of falsification of records,” the agency said in a statement. It said that Kumar had fabricated the statement of Sathish Sana, a witness in the Quershi case, showing he recorded the statement on September 26, 2018 in Delhi.