Mallikarjun Kharge moves SC against removal of CBI chief Alok Verma
New Delhi, Nov 3 (IBNS): Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has moved the Supreme Court against the government's decision to send CBI chief Alok Verma on forced leave, media reports said.
The senior Congress leader has termed the move of the government as "completely illegal and arbitrary".
Kharge wants the apex court to set aside the centre's order to Verma.
Stating that the CBI chief has a fixed tenure of two years, Kharge's petition says the transfer of an incumbent director should have the approval of the selection committee.
Kharge, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, is part of the committee that selected Verma as the CBI chief.
Amid internal fight between CBI director Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana, the government last month appointed M Nageshwar Rao as interim chief of the probe agency, media reports said.
Verma and Asthana were sent to leave.
Media reports report said the dispute between CBI chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana "has escalated with the agency filing a bribery case against the latter."
Asthana has in a written statement to the government said a "false FIR (First Information Report)" has been lodged against him", NDTV earlier reported.
Asthana has been named by Satish Sana, a Hyderabad businessman, who was being investigated in a case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi, arrested in a money laundering case, the report said.
Sana claimed he had to cough up a bribe of Rs. two crores to Rakesh Asthana over a period of over 10-months so that he is not named in the CBI case against Moin Qureshi.
However, Asthana rubbished the charges saying it was hurled against him owing to a conspiracy between the accuser and some CBI and Enforcement Directorate officers.