SIT formed to probe VVIP chopper and Vijay Mallya case

The drive was personally monitored by the CBI director, who has planned to carry out such drives every month.

Published: 09th June 2016 09:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2016 06:10 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation has formed a Special Investigation Team headed by an Additional Director Rakesh Asthana, who is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, on Thursday to probe into two high profile cases -- AgustaWestland chopper scam and loan fraud by liquor baron Vijay Mallya.

Also Read: Parrikar to hold first meeting on acquisitions after Agusta freeze

The Special Investigation Team was formed after the agency found that in both the cases the money laundering took places across various countries, including the UK and Italy.

Rakesh Asthana, who is headed the SIT, also had investigated the burning of Sabarmati Express train at Godhra in February 2002. He was also associated with the Fodder Scam probe.

Asthana will initially look into the AgustaWestland chopper scam and eventually take over the alleged bank loan fraud by Mallya. Asthana will also co-ordinate with the Enforcement Directorate which is also probing money laundering in both the cases. 

Sources said that earlier, the CBI director Anil Sinha was “personally monitoring” both the cases due to which he was unable to focus on other cases like Vyapam scam other high profile cases. Shifting responsibility on Asthana, CBI director will now carry out various drives to weed out and catch corrupt bureaucrats and central government employees.

Recently, CBI claimed to have carried out a nation-wide operation between May 16 and May 31 against 14 government officers who allegedly amassed assets disproportionate to known sources of their income and registered cases against them.

The drive saw registration of corruption cases against six Group A officers, three Group B officers and five Group C officers of the central government and public sector undertakings. They said alleged disproportionate assets worth about Rs 38.47 crore were found during the drive.  The drive was personally monitored by the CBI director, who has planned to carry out such drives every month. 


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp