The internecine CBI V CBI feud is turning murkier by the day. The Supreme Court is getting used to hear shocking revelations one after another.
Another senior CBI officer M K Sinha has moved the Supreme Court for quashing his transfer to Nagpur.
– Deputy Superintendent of Police officer A K Bassi, had also been transferred to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
– DSP Ashwini Gupta had been repatriated to IB
All of them have moved the Supreme Court challenging their transfers. (See: One more cbi officer)
Sinha, a 2000 batch IPS officer from Andhra Pradesh cadre, presently the DIG (Head of Branch) in CBI’s Anti-Corruption Branch at Nagpur, has termed the transfer as arbitrary, motivated and malafide, and was made solely with the purpose and intent to victimise him.
Sinha was probing the FIR against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, and important cases like the PNB scam involving Nirav Modi. Asthana, the CBI’s number 2, has been divested of his duties and sent on leave along with his senior Alok Kumar Verma.
In his 34-page petition, Sinha claimed that he has thus been taken out of the probe team investigating the FIR against Asthana by transferring him to Nagpur and made a litany of sensational allegations. Sinha has alleged that his investigations had revealed cogent evidence against certain powerful persons. He has named Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor, union minister Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary and CVC K V Chowdhury over their alleged attempts to interfere in the probe.
K V Chowdhury did not respond to queries when his reaction was sought while Doval, the NSAd, was not immediately available for comments. An official in the minister’s office said he was not aware of the matter.
Sinha, in his petition before the Supreme Court sought urgent listing and hearing on November 20 along with the plea of CBI Director Alok Verma. Advocate Sunil Fernandes, appearing for Sinha, informed a three-judge Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph that his client has “got some shocking revelations” in his petition.
“Nothing shocks us,” the Bench shot back. It rejected the urgent hearing but asked Fernandes to be present in the court when it will hear Alok Kumar Verma’s plea challenging the government’s decision to divest him of duties and sending him on leave.(See: Setback)