CBI Director Alok Verma meets CVC


New Delhi, Nov 9 CBI Director Alok Verma on Friday appeared before Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) K.V. Chowdhary and presented his side over charges of bribery hurled at him by the agency's Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

According to CVC officials, Verma spent about an hour at the CVC headquarters in south Delhi's INA area.

The sources said Verma appeared before a panel headed by Chowdhary and comprising Vigilance Commissioners Sharad Kumar and T.M. Bhasin among others.

According to CVC sources, the meeting of the enquiry committee to hear Verma on Thursday was postponed to Friday due to the non-availability of one of the Vigilance Commissioners.

The officials said the Commission has examined some CBI officers who were part of the team probing crucial cases that figured in Asthana's complaint against Verma.

Verma has refuted all allegations of corruption against him and said his actions were in the interest of the probe against Asthana.

On October 23, Verma was divested of his powers. Three days later, the Supreme Court directed the CVC to complete its inquiry against Verma, who has challenged the government move, in two weeks.

The war in the country's premier investigating agency came to the fore after an FIR was lodged against Asthana and others on the statement of Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana.

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