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Rakesh Asthana appointed Delhi Police commissioner

  • The Union government gave additional charge of the Delhi Police to Balaji Srivastava after the retirement of SN Shrivastava on June 30, and there was no indication at the time that the charge was temporary.
File photo of Rakesh Asthana.
File photo of Rakesh Asthana.
Published on Jul 28, 2021 04:25 AM IST
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Exclusive: Rakesh Asthana appointed Delhi Police Commissioner

Known for his professional competence and integrity, Asthana was drawn into an unsavory controversy when he locked horns with then CBI Director Alok Verma as a Special Director on conduct over high profile cases.
Rakesh Asthana is a 1984-batch IPS officer from Gujarat cadre.
Rakesh Asthana is a 1984-batch IPS officer from Gujarat cadre.
Updated on Jul 27, 2021 09:39 PM IST
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On quiet visit to Mumbai, NCB boss preps for crackdown in Bollywood drugs case

The NCB, which plans to make the second round of arrests over the next two weeks, is expected to target Bollywood celebrities as well as drug suppliers to Mumbai
Narcotics Control Bureau director general Rakesh Asthana’s Mumbai visit comes ahead of a planned crackdown on use of drugs in Bollywood(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
Narcotics Control Bureau director general Rakesh Asthana’s Mumbai visit comes ahead of a planned crackdown on use of drugs in Bollywood(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 02:28 PM IST
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Dubai bizman Somesh Prasad gets bail in case that triggered CBI vs CBI

Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal recalled that because of this FIR, which led to a public spat between 2 top CBI officers in 2018, the investigating officer and Special Director Rakesh Asthana had to “endure agony” for a long time
The extortion case was at the heart of the CBI vs CBI drama that played out in 2018 and led to the exit of then CBI chief Alok Verma and his deputy, Rakesh Asthana.(HT File photo)
The extortion case was at the heart of the CBI vs CBI drama that played out in 2018 and led to the exit of then CBI chief Alok Verma and his deputy, Rakesh Asthana.(HT File photo)
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 01:54 PM IST
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Judge prods CBI to complete Moin Qureshi probe, seeks details on 9 points

Special CBI judge Sanjeev Aggarwal had last month frowned at slow progress in the February 2017 case registered against millionaire meat exporter Moin Qureshi
The CBI probe against Moin Qureshi was derailed after one of the suspects levelled corruption charges against the investigators. The judge prodded the CBI to go full throttle, specially since a former CBI director was a suspect in this case(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The CBI probe against Moin Qureshi was derailed after one of the suspects levelled corruption charges against the investigators. The judge prodded the CBI to go full throttle, specially since a former CBI director was a suspect in this case(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 04, 2020 08:45 PM IST
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IPS officer Rakesh Asthana is next BSF chief, VSK Kaumudi moves as MHA special secretary

Rakesh Asthana, a 1984 batch IPS officer, will hold additional charge of NCB in addition to
BCAS chief Rakesh Asthana has been appointed as director general of the Border Security Force(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
BCAS chief Rakesh Asthana has been appointed as director general of the Border Security Force(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 17, 2020 09:04 PM IST
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CBI vs CBI: Major relief for bribery-accused Rakesh Asthana, court accepts clean chit

The acceptance of clean chit comes as a major relief for Rakesh Asthana, who has claimed since day one that “fabricated” FIR was filed against him at the behest of Alok Verma.
Rakesh Asthana was booked on allegations of criminal conspiracy, corruption and criminal misconduct under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PC Act) in October 2018.(HT PHOTO.)
Rakesh Asthana was booked on allegations of criminal conspiracy, corruption and criminal misconduct under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PC Act) in October 2018.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Mar 07, 2020 04:02 PM IST
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‘Shielded big names’: CBI vs CBI plays out in Delhi court; judge rebukes officers

At the last hearing on February 19, the court had rapped the CBI for not conducting lie detector test on its former special director Rakesh Asthana.
Former special CBI director Rakesh Asthana was given a clean chit in the case.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
Former special CBI director Rakesh Asthana was given a clean chit in the case.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2020 11:29 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

At CBI vs CBI hearing, Delhi judge’s tongue lashing for probe agency

The agency had yesterday told the court that its former special director Rakesh Asthana and DSP Devender Kumar were found to be in the clear during investigations.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters building in New Delhi(REUTERS FILE)
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters building in New Delhi(REUTERS FILE)
Updated on Feb 12, 2020 12:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Top CBI officer Nageshwar Rao shunted out, gets posted as civil defence chief

Nageshwar Rao has been ordered to join as director general of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard, the government order confirming his transfer order read.
Nageshwar Rao has been ordered to join as director general of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard, the assignment that was earlier given to ex-CBI director Alok Verma when he got his marching orders in January this year.(PTI file photo)
Nageshwar Rao has been ordered to join as director general of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard, the assignment that was earlier given to ex-CBI director Alok Verma when he got his marching orders in January this year.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Jul 05, 2019 09:54 PM IST
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SC dismisses petition against Rakesh Asthana’s appointment to aviation body

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi refused to entertain the petition challenging Asthana’s appointment to the civil aviation security body.
TheSupreme court has dismissed a petition challenging ex-CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana’s appointment to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
TheSupreme court has dismissed a petition challenging ex-CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana’s appointment to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 31, 2019 01:15 PM IST
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Govt curtails tenure of CBI’s Rakesh Asthana, three other officers

A government order said Rakesh Asthana’s tenure at the investigation agency was being curtailed. Joint director Arun Kumar Sharma and DIG Manish Kumar Sinha, both of whom were seen to be close to Alok Verma and investigated Asthana on charges of bribery, were also removed.
Rakesh Asthana, who was special director at the agency, was not available for comment, but people familiar with the matter said that he might be given a new assignment as director general of the bureau of civil aviation security.(Arun Sharma/HT File Photo)
Rakesh Asthana, who was special director at the agency, was not available for comment, but people familiar with the matter said that he might be given a new assignment as director general of the bureau of civil aviation security.(Arun Sharma/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2019 12:05 AM IST
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What the CVC said in its report on ousted CBI chief Alok Verma

An internecine fight between ousted Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma and his deputy, Rakesh Asthana, has rocked the agency over the past few months. On the intervening night of October 23 and 24, the government divested both of their powers and sent them on forced leave.
The Central Vigilance Commission’s (CVC’s) November report to the Supreme Court on allegations of corruption against ousted Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma is a mixed bag.(PTI File Photo)
The Central Vigilance Commission’s (CVC’s) November report to the Supreme Court on allegations of corruption against ousted Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma is a mixed bag.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jan 14, 2019 01:12 PM IST
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Interim CBI chief Nageswara Rao cancels transfer orders by Alok Verma

Alok Verma was sacked as the CBI chief on Thursday night by a selection committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He is the first CBI director to be removed by the committee before completing his two-year term.
Interim CBI director Nageswara Rao (pictured) on Friday cancelled all transfer decisions taken by Alok Verma during his two days in office after returning as the head of the probe agency.(PTI/File Photo)
Interim CBI director Nageswara Rao (pictured) on Friday cancelled all transfer decisions taken by Alok Verma during his two days in office after returning as the head of the probe agency.(PTI/File Photo)
Updated on Jan 11, 2019 11:32 PM IST
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Alok Verma, who lost CBI chief’s job, should face criminal probe: CVC report

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.
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)
Updated on Jan 11, 2019 12:18 AM IST
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Delhi HC order on plea of CBI special director Rakesh Asthana for quashing FIR on Friday

The case was lodged against Rakesh Asthana and Devender Kumar on the complaint of a Hyderabad based businessman Sana Satish Babu who contended that the duo demanded a bribe to do away with the case against him.
The Delhi High Court is scheduled on Friday to pronounce verdict on pleas of CBI special director Rakesh Asthana and others seeking quashing of FIR against them on bribery allegations.(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
The Delhi High Court is scheduled on Friday to pronounce verdict on pleas of CBI special director Rakesh Asthana and others seeking quashing of FIR against them on bribery allegations.(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 11, 2019 12:06 AM IST
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CBI chief Alok Verma back at work with limited powers, day after court win

A day after the Supreme Court set aside the government’s order sending him on forced leave, reinstated CBI Director Alok Verma took charge of his office.
Alok Verma taking charge as a CBI Director at CBI Headquarter in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.(Ravi Choudhary/HTFILE PHOTO)
Alok Verma taking charge as a CBI Director at CBI Headquarter in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.(Ravi Choudhary/HTFILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 09, 2019 11:47 AM IST
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Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI chief. But there is fine print

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Kumar Verma, cancelling the government’s October order to divest him as the chief of the probe agency.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma, cancelling the government’s October order to divest him as the chief of the probe agency.(PTI File Photo)
The Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma, cancelling the government’s October order to divest him as the chief of the probe agency.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jan 08, 2019 07:45 PM IST
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CBI vs CBI: Delhi court grants bail to alleged middleman Manoj Prasad

A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to Manoj Prasad, an alleged middleman arrested in connection with bribery allegations involving CBI special director Rakesh Asthana.
Besides Rakesh Asthana (pictured), Manoj Prasad and CBI DSP Devender Kumar, another alleged middleman Somesh Prasad has also been named as an accused in the bribery case.(PTI)
Besides Rakesh Asthana (pictured), Manoj Prasad and CBI DSP Devender Kumar, another alleged middleman Somesh Prasad has also been named as an accused in the bribery case.(PTI)
Published on Dec 18, 2018 04:46 PM IST
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Supreme Court junks plea against Rakesh Asthana’s appointment in CBI

Closing all judicial avenues challenging the appointment of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as the special director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Supreme Court Friday dismissed a curative petition filed by an NGO.
NGO Common Cause had last year filed a petition challenging appointment of Rakesh Asthana (pictured) as CBI special director.(PTI/File Photo)
NGO Common Cause had last year filed a petition challenging appointment of Rakesh Asthana (pictured) as CBI special director.(PTI/File Photo)
Published on Dec 14, 2018 11:34 PM IST
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Fight didn’t emerge overnight: Supreme Court questions Centre’s action against CBI boss Alok Verma

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to explain its midnight action against CBI chief Alok Verma, underlining that the government appeared to have tolerated the feud between Alok Verma and his deputy that had been going on for months.
Supreme Court questions Centre’s action against CBI boss Alok Verma.(HT Photo)
Supreme Court questions Centre’s action against CBI boss Alok Verma.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 06, 2018 03:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAshok Bagriya

Centre defends sending 2 top CBI officials on leave, tells SC ‘both were fighting like cats’

Centre on Wednesday explained to the Supreme Court why it had to step in to break up the public fight between CBI officials
Centre defends sending CBI 2 top officials on leave, tells Supreme Court ‘both were fighting like cats’(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Centre defends sending CBI 2 top officials on leave, tells Supreme Court ‘both were fighting like cats’(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 05, 2018 06:54 PM IST
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Centre begins hunt for new CBI chief as probe continues against agency boss

The Department of Personnel and Training has kicked off the exercise it does every two years — to compile the list of officers at the director general level eligible for selection as the next chief of the federal agency, people familiar with the matter said.
A home ministry official, who asked not to be named, said the process is a routine one and has nothing to do with the Alok Verma case which will be heard by the apex court on December 5.(Ravi Choudhary/HT File Photo)
A home ministry official, who asked not to be named, said the process is a routine one and has nothing to do with the Alok Verma case which will be heard by the apex court on December 5.(Ravi Choudhary/HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 04, 2018 01:42 PM IST
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Rahul Gandhi calls CBI DIG’s corruption charges ‘latest episode of crime thriller’

Rahul Gandhi’s latest attack came in the wake of CBI officer MK Sinha alleging government officials interfered in the investigation against Asthana, who is facing bribery charges.
Rahul Gandh said democracy in India was “crying” as government officials are interfering with the CBI.(Twitter/@INCIndia)
Rahul Gandh said democracy in India was “crying” as government officials are interfering with the CBI.(Twitter/@INCIndia)
Updated on Nov 20, 2018 03:00 PM IST
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CBI director Alok Verma files response to CVC probe report in Supreme Court

CBI director Alok Kumar Verma on Monday filed in the Supreme Court his response on findings of the CVC’s preliminary probe report on corruption charges against him in a sealed cover.
Alok Verma had approached the Supreme Court challenging the Centre’s decision to divest him of his duties and sending him on leave following his feud with special CBI director Rakesh Asthana.(Ravi Choudhary/HT File Photo)
Alok Verma had approached the Supreme Court challenging the Centre’s decision to divest him of his duties and sending him on leave following his feud with special CBI director Rakesh Asthana.(Ravi Choudhary/HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 19, 2018 03:08 PM IST
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Vigilance report against CBI chief Alok Verma gave mixed findings, says SC

The Supreme Court, in its October 31 order, had directed the CVC to probe corruption charges against Verma under the supervision of retired Supreme Court judge AK Patnaik, and submit its report in two weeks. The commission, however, submitted the report a day late on November 16.
CBI director Alok Kumar Verma.(PTI File Photo)
CBI director Alok Kumar Verma.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Nov 16, 2018 12:29 PM IST
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Vigilance probe report on CBI chief Alok Verma case filed in Supreme Court

In an October 26 order, the Supreme Court gave CVC two weeks to complete the probe against CBI director Alok Verma, who has accused the government of interfering with CBI’s independence and autonomy.
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) handed over a report of its probe on Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma, who was divested of his powers last month, to the Supreme Court on Monday.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) handed over a report of its probe on Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma, who was divested of his powers last month, to the Supreme Court on Monday.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 12, 2018 06:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAshok Bagriya

Alok Verma case: Vigilance probe report filed in SC, next hearing on Nov 16

The Supreme Court will take up the petition of CBI director Alok Verma challenging the government’s move to divest him of powers last month amid a feud with his deputy Rakesh Asthana .
The Chief Vigilance Commission is investigating allegations against CBI chief Alok Verma (pictured).(HT File Photo)
The Chief Vigilance Commission is investigating allegations against CBI chief Alok Verma (pictured).(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 12, 2018 12:37 PM IST
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From art of fighting to Art of Living, CBI officials learn positivity

Reeling under a bitter feud at the top between director Alok Kumar Verma and his immediate deputy Rakesh Asthana, the CBI is trying to “improve positivity, enhance synergy and generate a healthy atmosphere” through the workshop organised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s foundation.
CBI officials on Saturday started attending a three-day Art of Living synergy workshop at their headquarters in the national capital.(ANI/Twitter)
CBI officials on Saturday started attending a three-day Art of Living synergy workshop at their headquarters in the national capital.(ANI/Twitter)
Updated on Nov 10, 2018 12:02 PM IST
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Acted against deputy Rakesh Asthana to maintain CBI’s integrity, Alok Verma tells CVC

CBI Director Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana, special director, were divested of their responsibilities last month after engaging in an unprecedented public feud in which they traded allegations of corruption against each other.
CBI director Alok Verma explained his position during an examination by the CVC, which summoned him in connection with charges of corruption that Asthana has levelled against him.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
CBI director Alok Verma explained his position during an examination by the CVC, which summoned him in connection with charges of corruption that Asthana has levelled against him.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 10, 2018 08:57 AM IST
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