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Govt may move SC on CBI corruption charges

October 22, 2018 12:49

The Prime Minister's Office is upset at the ongoing controversy in the Central Bureau of Investigation.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to be upset with the tug of war in the bureau which may have ramifications in the general elections next year. 

The CBI has booked its own special director and number two in the organisation, Rakesh Asthana, in a bribery case. Asthana, who is named as the prime accused in an FIR that was filed on October 15, is alleged to have received kickbacks, amounting to Rs 2 crore, from a businessman, Moin Qureshi, to settle a money laundering case against him.

Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha and Principal Secretary Nripendra Mishra are believed to have had a meeting on the right time for the government to move the Supreme Court in the matter.

CBI director Alok Verma is retiring on the last working day of January 2019. An administrative policy decision is likely to be taken today according to highly placed sources.

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