Four IB Agents Caught Allegedly Snooping On Former CBI Director Alok Verma
Sources close to Verma say that the attempt to snoop Verma is the “vintage Gujarat model”.
On Thursday, four men, identified as officials of Intelligence Bureau (IB), were caught loitering outside the residence of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma, reported The Wire.
The men were lurking around in a motor car outside the building and were caught by Verma’s security personnel. Subsequently, Delhi police was called and the men are now being questioned.
It is suspected that the IB operatives were either looking for ways to plant listening devices or were keeping an eye on all visitors to the residence.
Sources close to Verma told The Wire that the attempt to snoop Verma is the “vintage Gujarat model”. It is believe that the team snooping on Verma is working under National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval.
Official rules do not allow NSA any executive authority to carry out such actions. But IB and RAW officially report to the prime minister, and the PM has reportedly delegated this supervision to Doval.
The Centre on Wednesday, sent Verma on leave following which, the latter filed a petition with the Supreme Court terming his unprecedented ouster as “patently illegal”.
Verma had filed an FIR against CBI Special Director, Rakesh Asthana — a close aide of the prime minister — for bribery and money laundering.
According to reports, Verma had collected strong evidences against Asthana, including “highly incriminating” phone intercepts that reach to high levels in the government. It is believed that the evidences against top bureaucrats in the PMO led to a panicky state within the government branches, resulting in the exit of Verma and other officials.
According to an Indian Express report, Verma was investigating seven critical cases, including the NDA government’s purchase of 36 Rafale Jets from France, when the PMO decided to send him on leave.