Amid the ongoing CBI V CBI feud, another officer, Ashwini Kumar Gupta, a Dy SP-rank CBI officer has moved the Supreme Court alleging victimisation. He has been repatriated to his parent organisation Intelligence Bureau (IB). He was investigating the agency’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana in the Sterling-Biotech case. He was assisting DSP A K Bassi in the case.
“Alongwith Shri A.K. Bassi, DSP CBI, AC-III he visited Vadodara on 07.10.2018 and conducted investigations till 13.10.2018,” Ashwini said in his plea filed through advocate Sunil Fernandes. (See: CBI V CBI)
Gupta added that “the gist of the findings of the enquiry conducted at Vadodara led to the establishment of undeniable, cogent, clear and unmistakable link of Shri Rakesh Asthana and his family with fugitive accused Shri Nitin and Chetan Sandesara. This infuriated Mr. Rakesh Asthana so much that he made a mention of the same in his complaint to the Cabinet Secretary on 18.10.2018”.
Gupta added the background of his case in his application as:
– Joined IB in 1999.
– Moved to CBI on deputation in July 2014 for 3 years
– Extended till June 2018 after a No Objection Certificate from IB.
– It was the CBI who wrote to IB seeking NOC again for further extension till June 2019
– The IB in June 2018 did give NOC for further extension,
– It was the CBI again who forwarded the same to the DoPT in June 2018 for its approval as per the procedural requirement. It is presently under process
– On 24.10.2018 morning, the CBI says that the order of his extension has not been received
– Then the CBI repatriated him to “his parent organization, i.e., the IB
The applicant, Ashwini Kumar Gupta, thus termed the repatriation as “motivated” and “malafide”. He requested the top court to quash it.