CBI Chief, Deputy Removed

NEW DELHI — The government’s decision to remove feuding CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana is based on the CVC’s recommendations, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Wednesday, asserting that it is absolutely essential to restore the agency’s institutional integrity and credibility.

A Special Investigation Team will look into the charges and both officers will “sit out” the duration of the probe, he said, adding that they have been sent on leave as an interim measure.

It is up to the probe agency or the Central Vigilance Commission, which has superintendence over it in cases of corruption, to constitute the probe team, the minister told reporters.

The CVC, which received details of the charges both officers had levelled against each other, made its recommendations last evening as an “accused or potential accused” cannot be allowed to be in charge of investigation against them, Jaitley said. The government has no role in it, he added.

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