‘CVC to seek CBI probe against Alok Verma’

NEW DELHI: The Central Vigilance Commission will soon write to the government recommending a departmental inquiry and a criminal investigation against Alok Verma by the CBI itself.

“This is a logical corollary of our preliminary probe and the recommendation we made for further probe with regard to some of the charges facing Verma,” said a senior source in the vigilance body.

Sources also said the CVC‘s recommendation that former CBI chief Alok Verma be probed in meat exporter Moin Qureshi’s case is backed by four RAW telephone intercepts of controversial Hyderabad businessman Satish Babu Sana, an MP belonging to a regional party from south and some Dubai-based persons.

The CVC’s 300-page report to the Supreme Court, on the basis of which a high-powered committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed Verma as CBI chief, has intercepts of conversations between the parties where Dubai-based persons discuss having spoken to “No 1” to get Sana relief in the Qureshi case.

CVC has backed its recommendation by citing allegations of corruption which need to be investigated and interference in CBI cases. Similarly, with regard to its stand on the allegation against Verma that he tried to induct tainted officers in the agency, the vigilance body in its report mentioned statements from several DSPs, SPs, DIGs and joint directors as well as file notings of the agency’s special unit (SU). These are annexed with CVC’s findings.

These statements and documents were shared with Verma along with the RAW intercepts at the time of the inquiry.

TOI exclusively accessed details of the CVC report which reveals that RAW intercepted Sana’s four calls during which he can be heard seeking to get off the hook in the CBI case by coughing up Rs 2-3 crore.

In one of the calls, the person on the other side assures that “I have spoken to the number 1 in CBI”. Sources add that the caller further assures Sana that he will soon get relief, while asking him to prepare a “self-contained note”.

The DSP concerned in the case – Devender Kumar – who was later arrested by an Alok Verma-led team, joint director Sai Manohar and special director Rakesh Asthana gave similar accounts to the CVC. Sana was also examined by CVC as part SC-ordered probe into his statement which is part of the report.

In the IRCTC scam involving RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family members, one Venketash Kumar had complained to CBI naming a senior railway official Rakesh Saxena. CVC found that starting from the investigating officer to Asthana, all were “unanimous” that Saxena, seen as the mastermind, should be named in the FIR. However, according to the statements to CVC, Verma omitted the name of Saxena from the FIR without giving any reason.

Investigating officer Nirbhay Kumar even told CVC that when he went to Verma and insisted that there is a strong case against Saxena, he was “scolded”.

In the appointment of alleged “tainted” officers Rajeev Krishna and R P Upadhyay in CBI, the CVC report refers to CBI special unit’s files. The files reveal that UP cadre IPS officer Rajeev Krishna was “rejected” for induction in CBI in 2002 and 2008 as well. Similarly, about Delhi cadre IPS officer R P Upadhyay, files revealed that there were “adverse inputs” on him by CBI’s vigilance unit, which were ignored by Verma.

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