Two top officers of the CBI, escalated to unprecedented: Special director filed complaint to intimidate officers probing his role in six cases

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NEW DELHI: The country’s top federal investigation agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) escalated on Friday with the probe agency calling a complaint by its second-in-command Rakesh Asthana against its chief Alok Verma.

Rakesh Asthana against its Director Alok Verma before the CVC as ‘intimidation’ of the officers probing the former’s role in at least six cases. The agency also accused Asthana of making frivolous and baseless complaints against his boss to the government.

Accusing Asthana of intimidating officers who were probing corruption cases against him, the agency, through the official spokesman, dismissed his allegation that Verma sought to thwart investigations into important cases, including one concerning the IRCTC scam in which RJD chief Lalu Prasad and family are accused. Mr Asthana, in his complaint to the CVC, had alleged that the CBI director had stopped raids on Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav in Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation or IRCTC scam.

It brings to the fore an ugly fight in the agency that, experts say, is threatening to tarnish its credibility.  After Asthana’s complaint  the Central Vigilance Commission  files of various cases from the CBI through its letters dated September 11 and September 14. A person familiar with the developments said the CVC would take up the matter on Monday.

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