New Delhi: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma was examined by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) today afternoon in relation to the bribery allegation against him. He was questioned by the full bench of the CVC.
Alok Verma came to the CVC office around 1 pm and met Central Vigilance Commissioner KV Chowdary and Vigilance Commissioner Sharad Kumar, reports said.
Sana Satish Babu was also examined today by CVC in connection with CBI Rakesh Asthana case, ANI reported quoting sources.
Babu has alleged that Asthana demanded Rs 3 crore from him through a middleman to give him clean chit in the Moin Qureshi money laundering case.
The Supreme Court had on October 26 asked the Central Vigilance Commission to complete within two weeks its inquiry into allegations against Verma levelled by Asthana. The Apex court will be hearing the case on November 12.
Verma and Asthana have been sent on leave by the government.
Alok Verma appears before CVC
Verma denies charges against him
On Tuesday, in his reply to the commission, he denied the charges of taking bribe to shield an accused in the meat exporter Moin Qureshi money laundering case. He instead said the accused in question, Hyderabad-based businessman Sana Satish Babu, was not an accused but a witness in the case.
Babu’s role in the investigation has been the main factor to split the CBI into two – Verma camp and CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana camp. While Verma maintains that babu is a witness, Asthana has alleged Babu paid bribe of Rs 2 crore of the CBI chief to save himself.
This tiff between the two top bosses of CBI eventually led to both of them being divested of their duties by the CVC.
“In the course of inquiry entrusted to the vigilance body by the Supreme Court, the CVC sent a detailed questionnaire to director Verma to which he replied on Tuesday,” a government official said under the case of anonymity, a Hindustan Times report said.