NEW DELHI: The controversy in the CBI around the post of director refuses to settle down with DSP
A K Bassi moving the Supreme Court on Monday, challenging his transfer to Port Blair saying it was vitiated by mala fides and would prejudice the probe against former special director Rakesh Asthana.
Bassi, who was the investigating officer in the corruption case against Asthana, said he is being victimised by the present interim CBI director, M Nageswara Rao, who represents certain elements within the investigating agency, who did not want the petitioner herein to conduct a free and fair investigation in the Asthana FIR.
In his plea, Bassi has challenged the transfer order issued on January 11 saying it is violative of the directions issued by the top court in its judgment on the plea of Alok Verma who was reinstated as CBI director by the Supreme Court.
However, the high powered selection committee transferred Verma as Director General Fire Service, which he refused to join and instead resigned.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi recused himself from hearing a plea challenging the appointment of M Nageswara Rao as interim CBI director, saying he would be part of the selection committee to choose the agency’s new chief.
The high-powered committee to select the CBI director comprises the Prime Minister, the leader of the largest opposition party and the CJI or his nominee judge of the apex court. The meeting is scheduled for January 24.
The CJI’s statement came while hearing a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause challenging the appointment of Rao as interim CBI director.
On January 10, Rao, additional director in the CBI, was made interim chief till the appointment of a new director. This was after a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed Alok Kumar Verma as chief of the probe agency on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty.
The petition has sought specific mechanisms to ensure transparency in the process of appointing the CBI director.
Allegations of bias against CBI chief
Bassi, who was the investigating officer in the corruption case against Rakesh Asthana, said he is being victimised by interim CBI Director, M Nageswara Rao.
Bassi has challenged the transfer order issued by the CBI on January 11, saying it is violative of the directions issued by the top court in its judgment on the plea of then CBI director Alok Verma who was subsequently removed.