According to a Personnel Ministry order, Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer, along with the head of National Investigation Agency (NIA) YC Modi, have been given the top pay scale of ₹2.25 lakh.
In January this year, controversial Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer Rakesh Asthana, who made headlines due to his bitter fight with former CBI chief Alok Verma, had been moved out of the agency in a sudden move. Asthana had been transferred to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, which largely looks after airport and flight security.
However, Asthana who faces serious corruption charges, is amongst three IPS officers who have been given the top pay scale, according to the Ministry order. This gesture by the ministry is highly questionable.
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Rakesh Asthana Case
- The CBI had registered an FIR against Asthana on 15th October, 2018, alleging serious corruption charges against him on the basis of a complaint from a businessman Sathish Babu Sana.
- The businessman, who was being questioned by Asthana’s special investigation team probing the Moin Qureshi case had alleged that a Dubai-based middleman had offered to use his purported links with the Special Director to manage relief for him in return for a bribe of ₹2 crore.
- The new investigation team had also called Sana to again verify the contents of his complaint in order find loopholes if any, but sources claimed that he did not budge from his allegations.
- Asthana was sent on leave along with CBI Director Alok Verma by the government after the agency arrested a deputy SP of the Special Director’s team in the case for being an active participant in the conspiracy.
- The charge of the CBI was given to Joint Director M Nageswara Rao who transferred all the officers probing allegations against Asthana and constituted a new team to be headed by Joint Director V Murugesan.
Rupak Dutta, another retired IPS officer, who was in line to take over as CBI director two years ago had also accused the Narendra Modi government of shoving him aside to make way for Gujarat-cadre officer Rakesh Asthana, who now faces corruption charges.