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PM Modi summons top CBI officers to resolve conflict: Sources


New Delhi | Amid of the tussle between the top officials of the CBI, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has summoned Rakesh Asthana and Alok Verma.

The development has come after the CBI filed an FIR against its special director Rakesh Asthana for taking bribes to provide relief to businessman being investigated by him in a case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi.  The FIR was filed on the claims of Sathish Sana, a Hyderabad-based businessman investigated in connection with meat exporter Moin Qureshi, who is accused of money-laundering.

Asthana in response wrote a letter to the Cabinet Secretary and Central Vigilance Commission alleging irregularities and corruption charges against CBI Director Alok Verma. Asthana alleged that the businessman had paid CBI Director Alok Verma Rs 2 crore to get relief in the case.

Various opposition leader criticised PM Modi for his silence over the cold war between the CBI officials. Congress leader and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal wrote on Twitter, “Can people have faith in CBI when CBI has no faith in it’s Special Director accused of corruption by the CBI itself? CBI functions under the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) of which the minister in charge is PM. Why is PM silent?”

Attacking PM Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “During the Congress rule the Supreme Court had termed the CBI a caged parrot, Modi govt has surpassed the Cong record and in its greed to victimise political opponents, Modi govt has turned the CBI into a national disgrace.”

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