After Alok Verma, Rakesh Asthana and three other officers 'axed' from CBI

After shunting out CBI chief Alok Verma, the government on Thursday curtailed the tenure of Asthana in the CBI with immediate effect.

Published: 18th January 2019 04:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th January 2019 05:04 PM   |  A+A-

Rakesh Asthana

Special Director Rakesh Asthana (EPS | Shekhar Yadav)


NEW DELHI: The Centre on Friday appointed former  No. 2 officer in the CBI  Rakesh Asthana as the head of aviation security, according to sources.

The government had on Thursday curtailed the tenures of Special Director Rakesh Asthana and three more senior officers in the CBI with immediate effect, days after the agency's chief Alok Verma was shunted out by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led panel.

Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Asthana, who had an unprecedented feud with his boss Verma, was sent on forced leave by the government in October last year.

The tenures of Asthana, Joint Director Arun Kumar Sharma, Deputy Inspector General Manish Kumar Sinha and Superintendent of Police Jayant J Naiknavare have been curtailed, the Personnel Ministry said in an order.

Verma and Asthana had levelled allegations of corruption against each other. They were sent on forced leave by the government. Amidst the feud between the two, the CBI registered a corruption case against Asthana when Verma was the agency's chief.

Meanwhile, the government appointed M Nageshwara Rao as the interim CBI chief. Rao had then transferred Sinha, who was probing the FIR against Asthana, to Nagpur from the agency's Delhi headquarters.

His transfer was, however, reversed by Verma who was again in January given the charge of the CBI Director following a decision by the Supreme Court.

Verma was shunted out as the CBI chief by the Modi-led high-powered committee that comprised Supreme Court judge A K Sikri and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge as the members.

Verma was then appointed as the Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards.

He, however, refused to take up the new post, saying he had already superannuated from the Indian Police Service after completing 60 years of age on July 31, 2017.

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