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Delhi court denies bail to alleged middleman Manoj Prasad in case against CBI No. 2 Rakesh Asthana

Manoj Prasad, arrested on October 17, is currently in judicial custody. The court had on October 31 granted bail to co-accused and CBI’s DSP Devender Kumar after the agency did not oppose his bail petition.
A Delhi court on Saturday dismissed the bail application of Manoj Prasad, an alleged middleman arrested in connection with bribery allegations involving the agency’s special director Rakesh Asthana.(AP File Photo)
A Delhi court on Saturday dismissed the bail application of Manoj Prasad, an alleged middleman arrested in connection with bribery allegations involving the agency’s special director Rakesh Asthana.(AP File Photo)
Published on Nov 03, 2018 05:17 PM IST
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CVC tells CBI’s Alok Verma to be ready for examination in corruption probe

The Central Vigilance Commission has formally told CBI director Alok Kumar Verma to prepare to be examined in connection with the complaint made by the agency’s special director Rakesh Asthana against him, a government official said.
This is the first formal communication between Alok Verma and CVC after he was divested of his powers.(Ravi Choudhary/HT File Photo)
This is the first formal communication between Alok Verma and CVC after he was divested of his powers.(Ravi Choudhary/HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2018 08:31 AM IST
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CBI opposes agency No. 2 Rakesh Asthana’s plea to cancel FIR against him, says probe still at nascent stage

The agency opposed Asthana’s plea seeking quashing of the FIR and said a roving inquiry at this stage was not permissible.
CBI special director Rakesh Asthana(PTI File)
CBI special director Rakesh Asthana(PTI File)
Updated on Nov 01, 2018 01:39 PM IST
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CBI officer moves Delhi high court against Rakesh Asthana’s petition

SS Gurm, an additional police superintendent with CBI, has alleged that the agency is trying to protect special director Rakesh Asthana.
SS Gurm was among the CBI officials transferred last week after Rakesh Asthana’s feud with CBI director Alok Verma escalated.(PTI/File Photo)
SS Gurm was among the CBI officials transferred last week after Rakesh Asthana’s feud with CBI director Alok Verma escalated.(PTI/File Photo)
Updated on Nov 01, 2018 12:09 AM IST
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We have got documents on Alok Verma, says CVC

Central Vigilance Commissioner KV Chowdary said on Wednesday that the vigilance body received most of the documents from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to proceed on its inquiry into allegations against Alok Verma.
On August 24, CBI special director Rakesh Asthana in a representation to the cabinet secretary gave 10 instances where he alleged that CBI chief Alok Verma (pictured) interfered in probes carried out by him or indulged in misconduct.(Ravi Choudhary/HT File Photo)
On August 24, CBI special director Rakesh Asthana in a representation to the cabinet secretary gave 10 instances where he alleged that CBI chief Alok Verma (pictured) interfered in probes carried out by him or indulged in misconduct.(Ravi Choudhary/HT File Photo)
Published on Oct 31, 2018 10:39 PM IST
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CBI shows WhatsApp texts as evidence against Rakesh Asthana

Whatsapp messages that the two alleged middleman, named accused in the CBI’s FIR against Rakesh Asthana exchanged almost a year back, and a flurry of calls after the arrest of one of them on October 16 form the bulk of evidence in the case, documents reviewed by HT show.
On October 15, CBI registered an FIR against its own special director Rakesh Asthana on the basis of a complaint received from a Hyderabad-based businessman Sana Satish Babu.(PTI/File Photo)
On October 15, CBI registered an FIR against its own special director Rakesh Asthana on the basis of a complaint received from a Hyderabad-based businessman Sana Satish Babu.(PTI/File Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2018 11:46 PM IST
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Central Vigilance Commission examines CBI officials probing crucial cases

The officials who recorded their statements on Tuesday include those who handled the Moin Qureshi bribery case, the IRCTC scam involving former railway minister Lalu Yadav, and the cattle smuggling case in which a senior BSF officer was caught with wands of cash in Kerala, sources said.
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on Tuesday examined some CBI officials probing crucial cases which figured in special director Rakesh Asthana’s complaint of corruption against the probe agency’s chief Alok Verma, officials said.(HT/File Photo)
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on Tuesday examined some CBI officials probing crucial cases which figured in special director Rakesh Asthana’s complaint of corruption against the probe agency’s chief Alok Verma, officials said.(HT/File Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2018 09:21 PM IST
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Officer who probed CBI No. 2 Rakesh Asthana gives secret records to SC

Ajay Bassi, the officer investigating CBI special director Rakesh Asthana in the bribery case against him, on Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging his transfer to Port Blair in the Andamans.
Security personnel stand guard outside the CBI headquarters in Bengaluru.(AP Photo)
Security personnel stand guard outside the CBI headquarters in Bengaluru.(AP Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2018 07:14 PM IST
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CBI’s Devender Kumar, middleman remanded to 14-day judicial custody in connection with allegations against Rakesh Asthana

In his bail application, moved by advocate Rahul Tyagi, CBI DSP Devender Kumar termed his custody “illegal” and urged the court to set him free.
A Delhi court Tuesday remanded CBI DSP Devender Kumar and middleman Manoj Prasad, arrested in connection with bribery allegations involving the agency’s special director Rakesh Asthana, to 14-day judicial custody.(AP File Photo)
A Delhi court Tuesday remanded CBI DSP Devender Kumar and middleman Manoj Prasad, arrested in connection with bribery allegations involving the agency’s special director Rakesh Asthana, to 14-day judicial custody.(AP File Photo)
Published on Oct 30, 2018 04:50 PM IST
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Hyderabad businessman who complained against CBI’s Rakesh Asthana moves Supreme Court

Satish Sana, facing probe in a 2017 case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi, had claimed that the CBI special director Rakesh Asthana had allegedly helped him to get a clean chit from the agency.
CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana addresses the media in New Delhi.(PTI)
CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana addresses the media in New Delhi.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 29, 2018 11:40 PM IST
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CBI No.2 Rakesh Asthana gets protection from arrest till Nov 1

Rakesh Asthana, the CBI special director, who was sent on leave by the government after allegations of corruption, had moved the court last week after a CBI officer was arrested.
CBI special director Rakesh Asthana(PTI File Photo)
CBI special director Rakesh Asthana(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Oct 29, 2018 03:52 PM IST
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CBI under Alok Verma was planning to arrest Rakesh Asthana when Delhi high court stepped in

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), under Alok Verma, was planning to arrest its special director Rakesh Asthana when the Delhi high court on Tuesday last restrained it from taking any coercive action against him, said officials.
Alok Verma (right), the CBI director, was divested of his responsibilities hours after the Delhi high court’s order, along with Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges the two have levelled against each other.(Ravi Choudhary/HT File Photo)
Alok Verma (right), the CBI director, was divested of his responsibilities hours after the Delhi high court’s order, along with Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges the two have levelled against each other.(Ravi Choudhary/HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 28, 2018 11:37 PM IST
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In Supreme Court order on CBI chief Alok Verma’s case, both govt, Opposition see victory

Congress said the Supreme Court ruling guards CBI’s autonomy, Centre called the order ‘extremely positive’.
CBI chief Alok Verma arrives at Supreme Court in New Delhi in July 2018.(PTI File Photo)
CBI chief Alok Verma arrives at Supreme Court in New Delhi in July 2018.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Oct 27, 2018 12:09 AM IST
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Behind the scenes on night CBI chief Alok Verma was divested of his powers

Central Vigilance Commisioner KV Chowdary and his two colleagues Vigilance Commissioners, Sharad Kumar and TM Bhasin took around five hours to finalise the order relieving CBI chief Alok Verma of his responsibilities, a senior govt official said.
Security personnel stand guard outside the CBI headquarters, in Bengaluru on October 26.(AP Photo)
Security personnel stand guard outside the CBI headquarters, in Bengaluru on October 26.(AP Photo)
Updated on Oct 27, 2018 08:45 AM IST
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Finish probe against CBI chief Alok Verma within 2 weeks: Supreme Court

Retired judge to monitor investigation; interim boss can’t take policy calls.
SC order to CVC did not mention the CBI’s own probe into Rakesh Asthana which precipitated the crisis in the country’s federal investigation agency.(AP)
SC order to CVC did not mention the CBI’s own probe into Rakesh Asthana which precipitated the crisis in the country’s federal investigation agency.(AP)
Updated on Oct 27, 2018 12:00 AM IST
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Don’t take any major decisions: SC tells interim CBI chief Nageshwar Rao

The court directed CBI’s interim director M Nageshwar Rao not to take any major policy decisions while the Central Vigilance Commission completed its probe into the allegations of corruption against current chief Alok Verma.
M Nageshwar Rao was appointed as interim chief on Wednesday after the government divested director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana of duties amid corruption allegations against them.(PTI)
M Nageshwar Rao was appointed as interim chief on Wednesday after the government divested director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana of duties amid corruption allegations against them.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 26, 2018 01:34 PM IST
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SC sets 2-week deadline for probe into CBI chief Alok Verma, retired judge to oversee

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by CBI director Alok Kumar Verma seeking a stay on the post midnight order divesting of him of duty and sending him on leave.
CBI chief Alok Verma arrives at Supreme Court in New Delhi, in July 2018.(PTI File Photo)
CBI chief Alok Verma arrives at Supreme Court in New Delhi, in July 2018.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2018 12:54 PM IST
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In CBI vs CBI, Supreme Court’s crucial hearing on Alok Verma’s petition today

Supreme Court to consider legality of government move to sideline him. Opposition threatens stir.
CBI chief Alok Verma(HT File Photo)
CBI chief Alok Verma(HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2018 07:59 AM IST
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News report claiming Rafale file was under Alok Verma’s consideration false: CBI

Every file in the CBI at each level is accounted for,” CBI Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.
In an unprecedented shake-up CBi chief Alok Verma and his deputy, Special Director Rakesh Asthana, were divested of their powers and sent on leave by the government Tuesday night.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
In an unprecedented shake-up CBi chief Alok Verma and his deputy, Special Director Rakesh Asthana, were divested of their powers and sent on leave by the government Tuesday night.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 26, 2018 09:29 AM IST
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Why at 2 am, Rahul Gandhi asks PM Narendra Modi on Alok Verma removal. Then his answer

Addressing a news conference at the party headquarters in Delhi soon after his return from a two-day election campaign in Rajasthan, Gandhi said Verma was “removed in panic” because he was going to begin a probe into the Rafale deal.
Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi during a press conference on the issue of CBI chief Alok Verma’s removal from the post and Rafale deal controversy at AICC headquarters in New Delhi, India on Thursday, October 25, 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi during a press conference on the issue of CBI chief Alok Verma’s removal from the post and Rafale deal controversy at AICC headquarters in New Delhi, India on Thursday, October 25, 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 26, 2018 12:20 AM IST
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Alok Verma remains CBI chief, Asthana Special Director; Rao given only interim charge: CBI spokesperson

The CBI spokesperson’s response came after he was asked about the present status of Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana in the CBI.
CBI chief Alok Verma seen with Special Director Rakesh Asthana.(HT File Photo)
CBI chief Alok Verma seen with Special Director Rakesh Asthana.(HT File Photo)
Published on Oct 25, 2018 08:12 PM IST
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Why at 2 am, Rahul Gandhi asks PM Narendra Modi on Alok Verma removal. Then his answer

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said CBI chief Alok Verma’s removal from the post was an “insult to the Constitution of India”.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressing the media in New Delhi on Thursday.(HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressing the media in New Delhi on Thursday.(HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)
Updated on Oct 25, 2018 09:21 PM IST
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SC to consider PIL seeking SIT probe into graft allegations against CBI official

The NGO has sought relief including court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into allegations of corruption against CBI officials including Asthana, who along with CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma had been divested of powers and sent on leave.
The Supreme Court has agreed to consider hearing a PIL seeking a court-monitored SIT investigation into the CBI feud.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court has agreed to consider hearing a PIL seeking a court-monitored SIT investigation into the CBI feud.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Published on Oct 25, 2018 03:59 PM IST
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Four men held outside house of Alok Verma, who was stripped of charge as CBI chief

The men, in plain clothes, were allegedly caught from the front and back gates of Verma’s high-secure residence at Janpath Road. They had come in two private cars.
Security personnel detain two of the four men outside CBI’s Alok Verma’s residence.(PTI)
Security personnel detain two of the four men outside CBI’s Alok Verma’s residence.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 25, 2018 06:29 PM IST
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Oppn accuses govt of violating norms, bypassing the law by removing Alok Verma

The director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana were divested of all duties late on Tuesday night following a feud between the two.
An outside view of CBI headquarters in New Delhi on October 24.(HT Photo/Sushil Kumar)
An outside view of CBI headquarters in New Delhi on October 24.(HT Photo/Sushil Kumar)
Updated on Oct 24, 2018 11:45 PM IST
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CBI chief Alok Verma did not cooperate with CVC in probe against him, says govt

Union minister Arun Jaitley said the government’s decision to remove CBI director Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana was based on the CVC’s recommendations.
Union ministers Arun Jaitley addresses a press conference during a cabinet briefing, in New Delhi, October 24, 2018.(PTI)
Union ministers Arun Jaitley addresses a press conference during a cabinet briefing, in New Delhi, October 24, 2018.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 24, 2018 04:39 PM IST
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CBI chief removed for raising questions on Rafale deal: Rahul Gandhi targets Centre

Rahul Gandhi, who is campaigning in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar, weighed in on today’s CBI developments as he continued to hurl stinging barbs at the BJP-led national coalition, particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi, over the Rafale deal.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi(PTI)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi(PTI)
Updated on Oct 24, 2018 04:44 PM IST
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Govt’s full statement on CBI chief Alok Verma, deputy Rakesh Asthana being divested of charge

In its statement on the developments as CBI, the government said agency director Alok Verma did not cooperate with Central Vigilance Commission in the investigation against him.
The CBI headquarters in New Delhi on October 24, 2018.(PTI)
The CBI headquarters in New Delhi on October 24, 2018.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 24, 2018 04:01 PM IST
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CBI feud Highlights: ‘I am under oath of secrecy,’ CVC refuses to speak on CBI row

In dramatic midnight action, the government on Wednesday divested CBI chief Alok Verma of his charge and joint director M Nageshwar Rao was asked to take over. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) took the decision past midnight as war between Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana escalated over bribery allegations hurled at each other.Follow updates here:

CBI director Alok Verma(PTI/File Photo)
CBI director Alok Verma(PTI/File Photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2018 09:07 AM IST
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CBI chief Alok Verma, deputy Rakesh Asthana stripped of charge, new team to probe bribery case

Joint director M Nageshwar Rao was appointed as interim chief of the CBI in a late night development. Chief Alok Verma and deputy Rakesh Asthana were removed from charge.
CBI chief Alok Verma (left) and deputy Rakesh Asthana have been stripped of charge.
CBI chief Alok Verma (left) and deputy Rakesh Asthana have been stripped of charge.
Updated on Oct 24, 2018 03:26 PM IST
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