Arun Jaitley: Warring CBI Bosses Sent On Leave To Maintain Its Integrity

Arun Jaitley: Warring CBI Bosses Sent On Leave To Maintain Its Integrity

Arun Jaitley: Warring CBI Bosses Sent On Leave To Maintain Its Integrity 

New Delhi: The government justified the overnight move to send the CBI's top two officers on leave, and called it a move to ensure fairness and the "institutional integrity" of the country's top investigating agency.

Arun Jaitley the Finance Minister  articulating the government's first response to a barrage of questions and allegations after the CBI move, said:"...to maintain the fairness of an impartial probe, as well as to maintain the highest standard of integrity of the country's premier investigating agency, it was necessary that the two seniormost officers involved must sit out on leave till an impartial investigation is complete."

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The Union Finance Minister had said that there were allegations against both CBI director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana, which needed to be investigated.

Alok Verma the chief of CBI, his deputy Rakesh Asthana and several other officers were sent on leave in a dramatic overnight strike by the government in the middle of an extraordinary battle within the CBI. The post of interim director will be held by M Nageswar Rao, just after a government order at 1.45 am, which has been challenged by Alok Verma in court.

The CBI director's petition will be heard by the Top Court on Friday.

"The two seniormost officers being on leave is purely an interim measure and will return at the end of the impartial probe, subject to their innocence," said the minister.

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