CBI Director Alok Verma met Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary on Friday in connection with an inquiry into the corruption charges levelled against him by his deputy Rakesh Asthana, officials said.
Verma appeared before the panel headed by Chowdary and comprising Vigilance Commissioners Sharad Kumar and T M Bhasin among others, added the officials who did not divulge other details regarding the meeting.
Verma had met Chowdary and Kumar on Thursday also in connection with the inquiry. He reportedly presented his side over the allegations of bribery raised against him on Thursday.
The officials had on Thursday said the Commission had recently examined some of the CBI officials who were part of the team probing crucial cases that figured in Asthana’s complaint against Verma.
On Tuesday, Verma refuted all allegations of corruption against him and said his actions were in the interest of the probe against Asthana.
In his reply to the CVC, Verma has responded to all the eight allegations levelled against him by Asthana.
On August 24, Asthana in his complaint to the Cabinet Secretary had alleged that Satish Babu Sana, an accused in a Moin Qureshi had paid a bribe of Rs 2 crore to Verma.
On October 24, in a dramatic midnight action, Verma was divested of his powers.
On October 26, the Supreme Court directed the CVC to complete its inquiry into the allegations against Verma, who has challenged the government’s decision divesting him of his duties and sending him on leave, and appointed one agency’s former judges, Justice A.K. Patnaik to supervise the probe, to be concluded in two weeks’ time.
The war in the country’s premier investigating agency came to the fore after lodging of an FIR against Asthana and others on the statement of Hyderabad-based businessman Sana.
The CBI had on October 15 registered a case against Asthana for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 2 crore from Sana which was given through two middlemen Manoj Prasad and Somesh Prasad to sabotage the probe against meat exporter Moin Qureshi.
(With agency inputs)