Rajesh Ahuja

Rajesh Ahuja

Rajesh Ahuja covers internal security and also follows investigation agencies such as the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.

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Pakistani reporters and troops visit the site of an Indian airstrike in Jaba, near Balakot, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.(AP)
Pakistani reporters and troops visit the site of an Indian airstrike in Jaba, near Balakot, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.(AP)

IAF strikes Jaish camp across LoC, about 300 likely killed

By Sudhi Ranjan Sen, Rajesh Ahuja and Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2019 12:06 AM IST
Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale described the air strike — in which government officials said over 300 terrorists,trainers and commanders may have been killed — as “non-military pre-emptive action”.
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Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar’s brother-in-law Yusuf Azhar headed the Balakot terror camp which Indian Air Force targeted in an operation early Tuesday morning.(ANI Photo)
Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar’s brother-in-law Yusuf Azhar headed the Balakot terror camp which Indian Air Force targeted in an operation early Tuesday morning.(ANI Photo)

Yusuf Azhar, IC-814 hijacker, was key target of the Balakot air strike

By Sudhi Ranjan Sen/Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2019 11:02 PM IST
Yusuf is also known as Mohammed Salim and Ustad Ghouri and his name has figured in the list of wanted terrorists that India has repeatedly handed over to Pakistan over the years.
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Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019.(ANI)
Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019.(ANI)

Balakot camp blown up by IAF was Jaish’s preferred training spot for 18 yrs

By Rezaul H Laskar and Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 03:36 PM IST
Indian intelligence officials believe that Jaish chief Masood Azhar wrote Fath-ul-Jawwad, his long essay on the Quranic basis for waging militant jihad, in Balakot.
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An undated picture of Sajjad Bhat, owner of the vehicle used in the recent Pulwama terror attack. Bhat has joined Jaish-e-Mohammed terror outfit.(PTI file photo)
An undated picture of Sajjad Bhat, owner of the vehicle used in the recent Pulwama terror attack. Bhat has joined Jaish-e-Mohammed terror outfit.(PTI file photo)

Owner of car used in Pulwama attack on the run, NIA says he joined Jaish

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2019 01:25 AM IST
The NIA on Monday said it has managed to identify the Maruti Eeco vehicle used in the terror attack of February 14 in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed in Pulwama and said the vehicle’s owner, Sajjad Bhat of Bijbehara in J&K’s Anantnag, was directly involved in the attack.
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The second aspect of the probe is focusing on questioning of around a dozen suspects that have been picked up in Jammu and Kashmir since the Pulwama attack. The case was formally transferred to the federal anti-terrorism agency on Tuesday.(ANI)
The second aspect of the probe is focusing on questioning of around a dozen suspects that have been picked up in Jammu and Kashmir since the Pulwama attack. The case was formally transferred to the federal anti-terrorism agency on Tuesday.(ANI)

Pulwama attack: Maruti team sifts through debris to trace vehicle history

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2019 11:03 PM IST
A team from automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki is helping the NIA determine the model and year of production of the Maruti Eeco vehicle that was used in the suicide bombing of a CRPF convoy last week, said officials.
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At least eight suspected over-ground workers of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), the Pakistan-based terror organisation that claimed responsibility for the attack, were detained by security forces between Friday and Saturday.(HT Photo)
At least eight suspected over-ground workers of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), the Pakistan-based terror organisation that claimed responsibility for the attack, were detained by security forces between Friday and Saturday.(HT Photo)

Pulwama terror attack probe to focus on vehicle, terrorists

By Rajesh Ahuja, Sudhi Ranjan Sen and Mir Ehsan | New Delhi/Srinagar
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2019 08:45 AM IST
Investigators will on Sunday approach automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki in Gurgaon for help in determining the model of the vehicle that rammed into a security convoy and killed 40 men in Kashmir, officials involved in the probe said.
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The investigators believe at least three to four people are suspected to be involved, including a bomb-maker and spotters who would have tipped off the bomber, Adil Admad Dar, about the movement of the convoy.(HT Photo)
The investigators believe at least three to four people are suspected to be involved, including a bomb-maker and spotters who would have tipped off the bomber, Adil Admad Dar, about the movement of the convoy.(HT Photo)

RDX mix, more than one militant behind Pulwama attack

By Rajesh Ahuja and Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2019 12:07 AM IST
Thursday’s suicide attack on the CRPF convoy suggests a van or small car may have been used as the car bomb, and the explosive may have been a mixture of RDX and Supergel-90, a blasting agent commonly used in quarrying, according to officials aware of preliminary investigations.
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The CAG report has become the latest point of confrontation between the government and the opposition over the Rafale deal.(REUTERS)
The CAG report has become the latest point of confrontation between the government and the opposition over the Rafale deal.(REUTERS)

Rafale jet deal 2.9 per cent cheaper than UPA-era deal, says CAG report tabled in Parliament

By Rajesh Ahuja & Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 11:53 PM IST
The CAG report tabled in the Rajya sabha says compared to the 126 aircraft deal, India managed to save 17.08% money for the India Specific Enhancements in the Rafale contract. The overall price of fighter jets is 2.86 per cent cheaper as compared to the UPA-era deal, the report adds.
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A French Rafale fighter jet Rafale lands on the ‘Charles de Gaulle"’arcraft carrier on February 7, 2019 in the Mediterranean sea.(AFP file photo)
A French Rafale fighter jet Rafale lands on the ‘Charles de Gaulle"’arcraft carrier on February 7, 2019 in the Mediterranean sea.(AFP file photo)

CAG compares Rafale deal with similar aircraft offers

By Rajesh Ahuja and Rajeev Jayaswal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 07:25 AM IST
The CAG report on capital acquisitions by the IAF may compare the Rafale deal with offers made by other manufacturers whose products were being considered, such as the Eurofighter Typhoon made by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), HT learns.
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A French Rafale fighter jet Rafale lands on the "Charles de Gaulle" aircraft carrier on February 7, 2019 in the Mediterranean sea.(AFP File Photo)
A French Rafale fighter jet Rafale lands on the "Charles de Gaulle" aircraft carrier on February 7, 2019 in the Mediterranean sea.(AFP File Photo)

CAG submits Rafale audit report to President, to reach Parliament soon

By Rajesh Ahuja and Rajeev Jayaswal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2019 10:35 PM IST
The submission of the report comes a day after the Congress demanded that the top auditor Rajiv Mehrishi should recuse himself from auditing the deal as he was the finance secretary when the deal was negotiated.
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The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) will likely submit to the President on Monday a much-awaited report on its audit of big-ticket military procurements in the last few years, including the controversial Rafale jet fighter deal, officials familiar with the development said on Saturday.(AFP)
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) will likely submit to the President on Monday a much-awaited report on its audit of big-ticket military procurements in the last few years, including the controversial Rafale jet fighter deal, officials familiar with the development said on Saturday.(AFP)

Much awaited CAG report on Rafale likely to be submitted to the President tomorrow

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2019 07:45 AM IST
The CAG report is ready to be submitted to the President. A copy of the report will be submitted to the government as well.
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The questioning of police officials, including Kolkata police commissioner Rajiv Kumar (pictured), was required as they investigated the chit fund cases before SC handed over probes in all these matters to the CBI.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
The questioning of police officials, including Kolkata police commissioner Rajiv Kumar (pictured), was required as they investigated the chit fund cases before SC handed over probes in all these matters to the CBI.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

Chit fund cases: Multiple notices to West Bengal cops since 2017 but very few appearances

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2019 12:33 AM IST
The CBI and West Bengal police communicated more than 20 times with regard to questioning of around two dozen state police officials in connection with the agency’s probe into the 2013 chit fund scams. But in most cases, questioning is yet to take place.
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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses media after comes out from Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar's residence, in Kolkata, Sunday late evening, Feb 03, 2019.(PTI file photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses media after comes out from Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar's residence, in Kolkata, Sunday late evening, Feb 03, 2019.(PTI file photo)

CBI vs Mamata Banerjee: How the showdown started in Kolkata and Delhi

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2019 11:14 AM IST
A showdown between Kolkata Police and the CBI started at around 5pm on Sunday when the federal anti-corruption agency’s team reached the residence of city police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, said officials familiar with the development.
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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee began a sit-in dharna in front of Metro station at Esplanade to protest the move of the CBI to question Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in Kolkata, West Bengal on February 3.(HT Photo/ Samir Jana)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee began a sit-in dharna in front of Metro station at Esplanade to protest the move of the CBI to question Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in Kolkata, West Bengal on February 3.(HT Photo/ Samir Jana)

SC asked us to probe conspiracy: CBI officer on face-off with Kolkata cops

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, Sumanta Ray Chaudhury and Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, Kolkata/New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2019 01:16 AM IST
Interim CBI chief M Nageswara Rao alleged the city police took charge of all evidence pertaining to the Saradha chit fund scam, some of which might have been destroyed or caused to disappear
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The Central Bureau of Investigation jointly serves as a national security agency and intelligence agency. (AFP Photo)(AFP)
The Central Bureau of Investigation jointly serves as a national security agency and intelligence agency. (AFP Photo)(AFP)

CBI arrests its own inspector, names another in YEIDA case

By Rajesh Ahuja | New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2019 07:44 AM IST
Besides inspector VS Rathore, the agency has named an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) as accused in the case. The FIR states both officials — Rathore and ASI Sunil Dutt — were posted in the agency’s training academy in Ghaziabad.
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A file photo of the former DGP of Madhya Pradesh Rishi Kumar Shukla appointed as new CBI Director in New Delhi on Saturday.(ANI Photo)
A file photo of the former DGP of Madhya Pradesh Rishi Kumar Shukla appointed as new CBI Director in New Delhi on Saturday.(ANI Photo)

Rishi Kumar Shukla, former Madhya Pradesh police chief, appointed new CBI director

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2019 11:57 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CJI Ranjan Gogoi approved the appointment of Shukla while Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge dissented.
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Senior IPS officers of 1984 batch, Javeed Ahmed, Rajni Kant Misra and S S Deswal, are said to be among the top contenders for the coveted post.(PTI)
Senior IPS officers of 1984 batch, Javeed Ahmed, Rajni Kant Misra and S S Deswal, are said to be among the top contenders for the coveted post.(PTI)

Ignoring Congress objection, govt may soon announce new CBI director

By Rajesh Ahuja and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2019 11:31 AM IST
During the second meeting of the committee on Friday, the government is understood to have put forth a few names of officers who could be considered for appointment as the CBI director, they said.
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CAG is auditing the Rafale deal along with around a dozen other big-ticket procurements made by the MoD.(Reuters/File)
CAG is auditing the Rafale deal along with around a dozen other big-ticket procurements made by the MoD.(Reuters/File)

CAG finalising report on Rafale deal

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 07:31 AM IST
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is finalising its report on the Rafale jet fighter deal and is likely to table it in Parliament in the budget session beginning on Thursday, said officials familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified.
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Rina Mitra, a special secretary (internal security) in the Union home ministry, will be out of contention for the top job at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) if the selection committee does not meet in the next two days as she is set to retire on January 31.(Bandaru Dattatreya/Twitter)
Rina Mitra, a special secretary (internal security) in the Union home ministry, will be out of contention for the top job at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) if the selection committee does not meet in the next two days as she is set to retire on January 31.(Bandaru Dattatreya/Twitter)

Delay in CBI selection panel meet may rule out senior officer

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi and Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2019 08:57 AM IST
Rina Mitra, a special secretary (internal security) in the Union home ministry, will be out of contention for the top job at the CBI if the selection committee does not meet in the next two days as she is set to retire on January 31, people familiar with the development said.
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Mehul Choksi left India in the first week of January and has not returned despite repeated summons from the investigating agencies and courts.(File Photo)
Mehul Choksi left India in the first week of January and has not returned despite repeated summons from the investigating agencies and courts.(File Photo)

Extradition matter still in Antiguan court, I have full faith, says Mehul Choksi

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2019 08:10 AM IST
Mehul Choksi and his nephew, diamantaire Nirav Modi, have been accused of defrauding state-owned Punjab National Bank of Rs 13,500 crore in issuance of letters of undertaking and foreign letters of credit.
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Sudhanshu Dhar Mishra was transferred to Ranchi, a day after an FIR was filed against former ICICI CEO Chanda Kochhar.(REUTERS)
Sudhanshu Dhar Mishra was transferred to Ranchi, a day after an FIR was filed against former ICICI CEO Chanda Kochhar.(REUTERS)

Shunted CBI cop in Chanda Kochhar case suspected of leaking info: Sources

By Rajesh Ahuja | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2019 10:38 PM IST
Mishra’s transfer was part of a maze of mass transfers ordered by CBI’s interim director M Nageswara Rao ever since being given interim charge of the agency on January 10. He
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The selection committee will meet again any time next week to finalise the name of the CBI director.(PTI Photo)
The selection committee will meet again any time next week to finalise the name of the CBI director.(PTI Photo)

No decision on new CBI chief, panel discussed 79 names put in two lists

By Rajesh Ahuja and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2019 11:53 PM IST
The CBI has been working under interim director M Nageswara Rao after Alok Verma was removed on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty by the high-powered selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Former chairperson ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar at a press conference in Mumbai on September 8, 2017.(PTI Photo)
Former chairperson ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar at a press conference in Mumbai on September 8, 2017.(PTI Photo)

CBI books Kochhars, Dhoot over loan fraud

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2019 11:30 PM IST
Agency searched offices of Videocon, NuPower; bank’s shares slide
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Jammu and Kashmir has been under President’s Rule from mid-December after six months of Governor’s Rule, which was imposed after the BJP withdrew from the Peoples Democratic Party-led coalition government headed by Mehbooba Mufti in June last year.(File Photo)
Jammu and Kashmir has been under President’s Rule from mid-December after six months of Governor’s Rule, which was imposed after the BJP withdrew from the Peoples Democratic Party-led coalition government headed by Mehbooba Mufti in June last year.(File Photo)

Centre mulls simultaneous Lok Sabha and J-K polls

By Rajesh Ahuja and Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2019 09:20 AM IST
The state has been under President’s Rule from mid-December after six months of Governor’s Rule, which was imposed after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew from the Peoples Democratic Party-led coalition government.
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Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the ouster of Alok Verma from the CBI(PTI)
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the ouster of Alok Verma from the CBI(PTI)

Make minutes of select panel’s meet on Alok Verma public: Kharge to Modi

By Saubhadra Chatterji and Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 11:50 PM IST
In his letter to PM Modi, Kharge said that the government seemed to have already made up its mind on appointing an interim CBI director and it was not placed before the selection committee meeting on January 10.
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In this file photo dated July 30, 2018, shows Central Bureau of Investigation Chief Alok Verma at Supreme Court in New Delhi. The Supreme Court reinstated Alok Kumar Verma as CBI Director and set aside the Centre's decision divesting him of his powers and sending him on leave. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary) (PTI1_8_2019_000109B)(PTI File Photo)
In this file photo dated July 30, 2018, shows Central Bureau of Investigation Chief Alok Verma at Supreme Court in New Delhi. The Supreme Court reinstated Alok Kumar Verma as CBI Director and set aside the Centre's decision divesting him of his powers and sending him on leave. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary) (PTI1_8_2019_000109B)(PTI File Photo)

No corruption allegations on ousted CBI chief: Patnaik

By Rajesh Ahuja and Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2019 11:15 PM IST
“There was no allegation against Alok Verma. Sana Satish Babu never said he paid money to Verma,” justice Patnaik said over the phone.
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The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in its inquiry report recommended a criminal probe against(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in its inquiry report recommended a criminal probe against(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

Alok Verma, who lost CBI chief’s job, should face criminal probe: CVC report

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2019 12:18 AM IST
The Chief Vigilance Commissioner KV Chowdary and two vigilance commissioners, Sharad Kumar and TM Bhasin, also said in their report that Alok Verma tried to induct “tainted” officials in the agency despite adverse reports from his own officials.
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Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Alok Verma arrives at CBI headquarters, after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court, in New Delhi on January 9.(PTI Photo)
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Alok Verma arrives at CBI headquarters, after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court, in New Delhi on January 9.(PTI Photo)

CBI chief Alok Verma orders more transfers on Day 2 after reinstatement

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2019 06:08 PM IST
On his first day back at work on Wednesday, after being reinstated following a Supreme Court order, Alok Verma wasted no time and scrapped all but one of the transfer orders issued by interim director M Nageswara Rao.
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Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Alok Verma arrives at CBI headquarters, a day after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court, in New Delhi on January 9.(PTI Photo)
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Alok Verma arrives at CBI headquarters, a day after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court, in New Delhi on January 9.(PTI Photo)

Back in charge of CBI, Alok Verma scraps transfer orders of interim director

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2019 11:37 PM IST
Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana had been engaged in an internecine battle that roiled the agency and almost split it down the middle, forcing the government to act.
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Alok Verma, reinstated conditionally by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, will take charge as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director again on Wednesday, said an official familiar with the development.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Alok Verma, reinstated conditionally by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, will take charge as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director again on Wednesday, said an official familiar with the development.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

Alok Verma back in CBI, may revoke transfer orders

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2019 09:12 AM IST
The top court on Tuesday quashed the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) order divesting Alok Verma of all responsibilities and two subsequent orders of the government, one reinforcing the CVC order on Verma’s removal, and another on the appointment of Rao as interim director.
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