In an unexpected move, President of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party (AIMIM), Asaduddin Owaisi hits back at the government, after CBI Director Alok Verma and CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana were sent on leave to preserve the honour of the investigative agency. Responding to the government's massive move, the AIMIM chief has stated that the government’s move is illegal and it is supporting corruption, instead of curbing it.
“Under the Section 4 of Delhi Police Establishment Act, you cannot remove the director. He has a fixed tenure. A high-powered committee has nominated him. If CVC has removed him, then I would want to know under which section, he has been removed. This action taken by the government is illegal and wrong. This is sending a wrong message to the world, that the government is not supporting the fight for corruption, but supporting a corrupt officer,” he said.
“When the CBI director filed an FIR against his number 2 and uploaded it on the website, then it was the job of the government to take care of the matter. Instead of dealing with the situation, the Prime Minister office made an arbitration council where the discussion is taking place. If the government knew about things before hand, then discussions should have taken place beforehand itself, and the country would not have faced this embarrassment. It is such a premier investigative agency. You, yourself are hampering the credibility of the institution. They have taken a wrong decision and I am sure, it is illegal. I am questioning only one thing. Which law, the CVC used to sack the director? The team which was investigating the matter has been disbanded. This proves that we are not helping to remove corruption, instead we are supporting it,” he added.
In a massive overhaul, 13 CBI officials, including Dy SP Ajay Bassi, the investigative officer in the Rakesh Asthana case, have been transferred. Bassi has been sent to Port Blair. Meanwhile, a new team has been put in place to handle the Rakesh Asthana case, after government has decided to transfer the previous Investigating Officer Bassi to Port Blair. The new team that will probe the Asthana case will comprise of Satish Dagar, SP, Tarun Gauba, DIG and V Murugesan, Joint Director, among others.