Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 17
The authorities on Monday appointed former CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, a 1984-batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, as Director-General (DG) of the Border Security Force (BSF).
Presently, Asthana is working as DG, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) with a further cost of DG, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). According to the order issued at this time, he’ll proceed to carry the extra cost of NCB.
The Gujarat cadre IPS officer has been appointed BSF DG from the date of becoming a member of the publish and as much as July 31, 2021, the date of his superannuation, the order added.
Asthana has investigated some high-profile circumstances such because the Sabarmati Express fireplace incident in Godhra in 2002. He additionally arrested Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav within the fodder rip-off in 1997, whereas holding the publish of superintendent of police within the CBI.
However, the officer hogged the limelight in 2018 with ‘CBI vs CBI’ case when he was faraway from the company. CBI former director Alok Verma had accused him of taking bribe after a Hyderabad-based businessman, Sana Satish, who was one of many suspects within the Moin Qureshi corruption case, alleged on October 4, 2018 that he paid Rs 2.95 crore to Asthana via middlemen Somesh and Manoj.
This sparked a bitter battle between Asthana and Verma, with the previous writing a letter to the vigilance fee and itemizing 10 circumstances the place he alleged Verma tried to affect the investigation.
Asthana alleged that Satish claimed to have paid a bribe of Rs 2 crore to Verma to keep away from any motion by the CBI. He additionally alleged that when Satish was referred to as in for questioning in February 2018, Verma restricted Asthana from analyzing him.
In one other vital appointment V S Ok Kaumudi, a 1986-batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, has been appointed as Special Secretary, Internal Security within the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), until his superannuation on November 30, 2022. Presently, he’s working as DG, Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D).
Mohammad Javed Akhtar, a 1986-batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh Cadre, has been appointed as DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guard for a interval as much as July 31, 2021, the date of his superannuation. He is presently working as Special DG, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).