Published On: Wed, Oct 24th, 2018

Major shake-up in CBI as officers close to Verma shunted out

New Delhi: Hours after the Centre, which on Wednesday virtually sacked CBI Director Alok Verma by asking him to proceed on leave, it transferred as many as 13 officers of the agency, purging out almost all those in Verma’s team which was probing bribery charges against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

Bassi has been transferred to Port Blair with immediate effect in “public interest”

According to sources, those who have been shifted include another Gujarat cadre IPS officer, AK Sharma.

Among others who have been shifted include Dy SP, AK Bassi, Additional SP, SS Gurm, DIG Manish Kumar Sinha, DIG, ACB, Chandigarh, Tarun Gauba, DIGs Jasbir Singh, Sai Manohar, HoZ/JD Chandigarh zone, V Murugesan, HoZ/AC II and Amit Kumar,DIG/HoB.

Bassi has been transferred to Port Blair with immediate effect in “public interest”.

SS Gurm, Supervisory Superintendent of Police of AC-3 unit of CBI in probe against Asthana, has also been transferred to Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, with immediate effect.

Additional Director Arun Kumar Sharma’s charges as head of Anti-corruption and Joint Director (Policy) have been taken away and has been posted elsewhere.

Manoj Sinha, Deputy Inspector General heading probe against Asthana, has been transferred to Nagpur.

Superintendent of Police Satish Dagar, Deputy Inspector General Tarun Gauba and Joint Director V Murugesan would handle the probe into FIR against Asthana, said sources.

Meanwhile, the CBi has clarified that none of its offices have been sealed. “Its clarified that no office in CBI HQ has been sealed,’ a CBI spokesman said.

Earlier some reports had surfaced that offices of erstwhile Director Alok Verma and Special director, Rakesh Asthana inside the CBI HQ have been sealed.

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