CBI Director Alok Verma Friday appeared before a panel headed by Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary and countered corruption charges levelled against him by his deputy Rakesh Asthana. Vigilance Commissioners T M Bhasin and Sharad Kumar were also part of the panel. According to sources, Verma appeared before the CVC on Thursday without any lawyer for the inquiry.
On Thursday, Verma met Chowdary and Kumar in connection with the inquiry. But the meeting of the inquiry committee to hear Verma was postponed to Friday due to the non-availability of one of the Vigilance Commissioners. CVC sources told The Indian Express that a notice was served on Verma Wednesday to appear for the inquiry at Satarkata Bhawan the next day (today).
The Supreme Court had on October 26 asked the Central Vigilance Commission to complete within two weeks its inquiry into the allegations against Verma levelled by Asthana.
A fortnight ago, Verma was divested of all responsibilities and sent on leave by the government along with Special Director Rakesh Asthana with whom he had been at loggerheads.
Justice (retd) A K Patnaik has been asked by the Supreme Court to oversee the probe. The enquiry report, approved by Justice Patnaik, has to be submitted to the Supreme Court for the next hearing of petitions by Verma and NGO Common Cause on Monday.
The inquiry — as stated in the CVC order of October 23 w...