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CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana visits CVC office, could not meet officials

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Hours after appeared before the Vigilance K V Chowdary-led inquiry panel, Special visited the office of the anti-corruption watchdog on Friday, officials said.

They said Asthana, who had come to the (CVC) office at around 4.45 PM, stayed there for 10 minutes but could not meet any as there was no scheduled appointment.

"He could not meet Central Vigilance or any of the Vigilance Commissioners -- T M Bhasin and -- as they, along with other senior officials of the commission, were in a meeting," one of the officials said, requesting anonymity.

Asthana had visited the CVC office on Thursday as well and met and Vigilance Sharad Kumar, the officials said.

Earlier in the day, appeared before the panel headed by and countered the corruption charges levelled against him by Asthana for the second consecutive day, they said.

Verma is understood to have given point-wise refusal to all the allegations levelled by Asthana before the panel, also comprising and Kumar, they said.

Justice A K Patnaik, a retired judge, who has been asked by the apex court to supervise the CVC inquiry, was also present, the officials said.

Verma came to the CVC office early Friday morning and stayed there for about an hour, they said.

He did not speak to the media waiting outside the CVC office.

The had on October 26 asked the to complete within two weeks its inquiry into the allegations against Verma levelled by Asthana.

The two weeks time limit ends on Sunday and the is scheduled to hear the matter on Monday.

Feuding officers Verma and Asthana have been sent on leave by the

The Commission had recently examined some officials probing crucial cases which figured in Asthana's complaint of corruption against the probe agency's Verma, they said.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 19:35 IST