CBI Headquarters in New Delhi (Source: PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)

Former CBI ‘Insider’ Calls For Removal Of Two Top Feuding Officers

A fight between the top two officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation has gone public with each accusing the other of corruption.

It has “seriously dented the image” of the CBI, said its former Joint Director Shantonu Sen. The author of ‘CBI-Insider Speaks’ said the current imbroglio within India’s premiere investigative agency is a “distinct failure of governance” by the Modi government which promised to root out corruption.

The CBI arrested its Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar after a complaint filed by Hyderabad-based businessman Satish Sana, who alleged he paid bribes worth Rs 2.95 crore to quash investigations that linked him to meat exporter Moin Qureshi charged with money laundering. Sana, in his complaint, said he paid bribes through an intermediary to CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Asthana denied the charges and accused his boss, CBI Director Alok Verma, of taking bribes to quash the case, newswire PTI reported.

“I would advise the government to remove both of them immediately,” said Sen, demanding a probe by a special investigation team under the Central Vigilance Commission—the authority monitoring the CBI.

Corruption cases have shamed the CBI, shamed the government.
Shantonu Sen, Former Joint Director, CBI

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