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Amid the ongoing dogfight between CBI’s two top officials, the agency on Friday issued a statement condemning the Special Director Rakesh Asthana’s complaint of corruption against CBI Chief Alok Verma to the CVC. It is for the first time in the agency, the Director CBI used Public Relation Office to settle his personal fight with his subordinate.

Asthana had in a complaint to the CVC alleged that Verma sought to influence IRCTC scam probe.

“It is unfortunate that baseless and frivolous allegations are being made publically without proper verification of facts to malign the image of the Director CBI and intimidate the officials of the organisation,” the CBI said.

The CVC has sought for certain case files from the CBI on the basis of a complaint filed by the Special Director, CBI. In its response to the CVC letter, the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of CBI has pointed out that the complaint is an attempt by the complainant to intimidate the officers of CBI who are investigating his role in at least half a dozen cases, it said.

The CBI said that the CVC should opine on the maintainability of the complaint and consider it malicious and frivolous in order to protect the integrity of the organisation.

CBI has pointed out in its letter to CVC that the issue relating to the IRCTC case was raked up earlier also and brought before the Hon’ble Supreme Court on two occasions. The matter was dismissed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court. The petitioners were also in possession of information from highly confidential internal documents, which is a serious offence.

Irrespective of the maintainability of the complaint, CBI has provided most of the files as requested by the CVC and the remaining will be submitted soon. There is no substance in the media reports that CBI is not cooperating in the enquiry.

The allegation of preventing raids against the accused in the IRCTC case is absolutely false. The investigation of the case has resulted in filing a charge sheet before the designated court. This could not have been possible without the explicit approval of the Director CBI.

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