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Violating Supreme Court’s Order, CBI Changes Investigating Officer In Moin Qureshi’s Case

SC had restrained interim chief Nageshwar Rao from taking any “policy decision(s) or any major decision(s)".

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has changed the Investigating Officer (IO) probing the case involving businessman Moin Qureshi, despite the Supreme Court ordering CBI interim chief M Nageshwar Rao to refrain from taking any “policy decision(s) or any major decision(s)” on Friday.

According to The Indian Express report, S Kiran, SP in CBI’s Anti-Corruption II unit (AC III) has been replaced by Satish Dagar, who holds the same rank in AC-III to probe Qureshi’s case. The documents of the case were transferred on Sunday.

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Dagar was brought in by the PMO to replace A K Bassi who was posted to Port Blair “with immediate effect” on Tuesday. Then, Dagar was assigned to former CBI Special Director Rakesh Athana’s bribery case and now, the Qureshi case will also be handled by Dagar.

Moin Qureshi
Supreme Court Of India. PC: Wikimedia Commons

On October 26, the Supreme Court had directed that interim chief Rao “will only perform the routine tasks that are essential to keep the CBI functional”. Notably, changing the investigating officers of an ‘under investigation’ case is a clear violation of SC’s orders.

The Moin Qureshi case began nearly four years ago when the Income Tax Department on February 15, 2014, had raided the meat exporter. The department had found several incriminating BBM messages during the raid, including the ones where Qureshi claimed to “fix” CBI cases in exchange of money.

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