A day after four Intelligence Bureau(IB) officers were detained by the personal security officers (PSOs) of ousted CBI Director Alok Verma outside his Delhi residence on allegations of snooping, the IB Chief, Rajiv Jain, has issued a strict briefing to the NSA (National Security Advisor), on Friday, about the negligence of the Delhi Police and PSOs in the matter.
The IB Chief has also filed a verbal complaint with the Delhi Police Commissioner in the case. Moreover, he has expressed his annoyance at the Delhi Police for not training the officials, deployed as PSOs, adequately. A formal case is likely to be filed by the Intelligence Bureau Chief against the Delhi Police, for obstructing public servants from performing duties, trespassing and assault.
Four men in plain clothes were detained outside ousted CBI Boss Alok Verma’s residence on Thursday. The men were seen running after being confronted by the cops in the visuals. After being caught, they claimed to be a part of the Intelligence Bureau. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs denied any 'snooping' angle in the matter. MHA sources said that 'to snoop on individuals and that too on a senior person as Verma, there are far better techniques'. The MHA later termed it as a regular patrol, stating that several important individuals reside on the same road, including the NSA and former PM Manmohan Singh.
After MHA, IB also denied the snooping allegations saying that the officers who were found outside Alok Verma’s residence were at routine duties and were carrying their identity cards. IB sources told Republic TV, that the bureau generally conducts routine patrolling in sensitive areas to collect intelligence inputs. Sources also said that patrolling in Janpath was carried out as there was an unusual collection of people and it was done with a view to check the reason why these people had gathered at the location.