In a fresh twist in the CBI versus CBI face-off, AK Bassi, the man leading the CBI investigations of corruption charges against CBI special director Rakesh Asthana, has moved Supreme Court against his transfer orders. Bassi was transferred to Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar islands and asked to join with immediate effect “in public interest” after M Nageshwar Rao took over as interim CBI chief.
In the fall out of the ugly spat between number one and number two officers of the CBI — Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana — the government had asked both of them to proceed on leave, appointed an interim chief, and transferred a handful of officers — predominantly from the anti-Asthana camp.
Bassi has alleged that his transfer orders were illegal, and claimed that he had uncovered crucial evidence implicating Asthana during the course of his investigation. Asthana had however complained to the Central Vigilance Commission that Bassi was carrying out “roving inquiries” against him on the directions of CBI director Alok Verma.