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CBI Vs CBI: Alok Verma meets CVC, refutes corruption charges levelled against him by Asthana

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Thursday met Central K V Chowdary and denied corruption charges levelled against him by his in the probe agency Rakesh Asthana, officials said.

Verma came to the CVC office in the late afternoon and stayed there for about two hours, they said.

He met Chowdary and Sharad Kumar, the officials said, without giving any other details.

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

Verma and have been sent on leave by the

Officials said also met the CVC.

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.

The officials said personnel from the rank of up to of police were called and their versions recorded before a senior CVC

These officials, who had recorded their statements included those who had handled the bribery case, the IRCTC scam, involving former railway Lalu Prasad, the cattle smuggling case in which a was caught with wands of cash in

The had directed that the CVC's inquiry into the allegations against Verma, who has challenged the government's decision divesting him of his duties and sending him on leave, would be conducted under the supervision of retired apex court Justice A K Patnaik and this was a "one-time exception".

The feud between Verma and Asthana escalated recently leading to registration of an FIR against the latter and others including of Police Devender Kumar, who is in CBI custody in an alleged bribery case.

The CBI had on October 15 registered the FIR against Asthana for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 2 crore from Hyderabad-based Babu which was given through two middlemen and to sabotage the probe against meat exporter

On August 24, Asthana, in his complaint to the Cabinet Secretary, had levelled allegations against Verma that he got a bribe of Rs two crore from Sana to help him get some relief from questioning in the matter.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 18:05 IST