Supreme Court issues notice to interim CBI Director Nageshwar Rao

New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to interim CBI Director M Nageshwar Rao after hearing a petition filed by DSP AK Bassi, challenging his transfer to Port Blair. On October 24, Bassi was issued orders for a transfer to the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, hours after Rao was made the Interim Director of CBI following the government’s decision to send the then-Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana on leave in the wake of their fights.

  Verma, who resumed his post on January 9 after being reinstated by the Supreme Court, had immediately annulled Bassi’s transfer. However, on January 11, Verma was transferred out of CBI on the directions of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-chaired high powered Selection Committee and Rao was again made the Interim Director. Subsequently, Bassi was again transferred to Port Blair.   Bassi had moved the apex court on January 21 to challenge his transfer.

In his petition, Bassi said that he fears the transfer is the â?ofirst step to implicateâ? him in a false criminal cases/departmental proceedingsâ? for investigating the FIR against Asthana. He also claimed that his transfer was pursuant to “a deep-rooted conspiracy, aimed at influencing the course of the investigation” against Asthana and further to “penalise” him for discharging his duties in a free and impartial manner in the investigation.

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