#CBIRafaleGate: Plot thickens, IB officials caught snooping at Verma’s house

Rakesh Asthana, Narendra Modi, and Alok Verma. Credit: National Herald

Four IB operatives caught outside Verma’s house, handed over to Delhi Police


Highlights

  • IB operatives caught snooping by Verma’s personal security
  • Tried to run upon confrontation, detained and handed to Delhi Police
  • Verma was removed as CBI Director on Tuesday night
  • He has described his removal as illegal in a petition to SC

 

Four men, identified as Intelligence Bureau (IB) operatives, were caught outside the residence of former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma around 4 AM on Thursday.

The men were observed loitering in a motor car outside the perimeter and were confronted by Verma’s official security detail. They have been detained by Delhi Police for questioning.

NDTV alleged that the men were given a mandate by the IB to snoop around Verma’s house and check who he was meeting. The report states that the operatives were presumed to be working under Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor (NSA), who played a key role in implementing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision that the CBI director be removed forthwith.

Related: Yesterday’s updates on #CBIvsCBI

The Wire claimed that the NSA does not have the executive authority to direct such operations, and that the action is bound to fuel the opposition campaign that the Modi government acted against Verma because of its fears over what steps the CBI may take on crucial investigations.

Verma was ousted as director of the premier investigation agency in the early hours of Wednesday, a move he has described as “patently illegal” in a petition before the Supreme Court.

IB sources told television channels that the officials presence was a ‘routine posting’ as Janpath Road is a sensitive area under constant protection.

Read: IB sources claim ‘routine posting’ outside Verma’s residence

According to the Indian Express, Verma was dealing with seven sensitive cases when the prime minister decided to pull the plug on him. The first was the Rafale deal. Then there were charges against two former high court judges for their alleged involvement in the medical college bribery case, a coal scam case in which the name of top PMO official Bhaskar Khulbe figures, and the case against Asthana.