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CBI officer probing Akhilesh Yadav in illegal mining case transferred

Shuffling of senior officers at CBI continues after committee led by Prime Minister Modi removed agency chief.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav with newly elected Rashtriya Lok Dal's MP from Kairan, Begum Tabassum Hasan (L) adresses a press conference, in Lucknow on Wednesday, June 06, 2018.

officer Gagandeep Gambhir, who was supervising the investigation into the alleged role of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in an illegal mining case, has been transferred in the latest reshuffle at the agency, said sources Monday.

Gambhir, a deputy inspector general, has been shifted to a unit probing the Srijan scam and the case against journalist Upendra Rai. She will also have the additional charge of DIG in Special Investigation Team headed by Joint Director Sai Manohar, sources said.

The Special Investigation Team, which was earlier headed by Rakesh Asthana, is probing important cases like that of Vijay Mallya and Agusta Westland. It is also probing some coal scam related cases, among others.

The new transfers were made by M Nageswara Rao, who was made the interim chief of the after a high-powered committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Justice A K Sikri and leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge transferred out of the agency in a split verdict Thursday.

The probe in the Uttar Pradesh illegal mining case will now be supervised by DIG Anish Prasad, who was earlier Deputy Director (Personnel and Admin). The case is being probed by Special Crime III unit, according to the sources.

DIG Tarun Gauba, who is supervising the probe against in a corruption case, will also have "substantive charge of Chandigarh range" "on his own request", the sources said.

Asthana was sent on a forced leave after the registered a case of corruption against him. His plea to quash the FIR was rejected by the Delhi High Court.

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 23:33 IST