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CBI Officer Challenges Transfer To Port Blair, Says He Has ‘Incriminating Evidence’ Against Rakesh Asthana

Modi appointed CBI interim chief, Nageswar Rao, had signed the order directing transfer of Bassi.

AK Bassi, one of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers probing the bribery case against former Special Director Rakesh Asthana, has approached the Supreme Court challenging the Central government’s decision to transfer him to Port Blair.

Bassihas said in his petition that he has “incriminating evidence” against Asthana, who allegedly took a bribefrom a businessman being investigated by the CBI. 

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A few hours after the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre ousted CBI Director Alok Verma, several officers on Verma’s team were issued transfer orders. 

On October 24, CBI interim chief M Nageswar Rao had signed the order directing Bassi’s transfer. The order said that Bassi was to “join his new place of posting with immediate effect in public interest”.

rakesh asthana
Rakesh Asthana

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Verma had filed a petition with the Supreme Court challenging the government’s decision to send him on leave. Following this, the apex court on Friday had ordered former Supreme Court judge A K Patnaik to oversee a Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiry into the allegations and counter allegations against Verma and for the report to be placed before the court within two weeks.

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In the same order, the SC had restrained Rao from making any major policy decisions and had asked the government to submit all orders taken by Rao in a sealed envelope.

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