New Delhi, August 17
The authorities in the present day 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).
Asthana is presently DG, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, with a further cost of DG, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). He will proceed to carry the extra cost of the NCB. Asthana has been appointed BSF DG from the date of becoming a member of the submit as much as July 31, 2021, the date of his superannuation, the order stated. Asthana has probed high-profile instances such because the Sabarmati Express hearth
Guj-cadre officer Asthana is BSF DG incident in Godhra in 2002. He additionally arrested RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav within the fodder rip-off in 1997 whereas holding the submit of SP within the CBI.
However, the officer hogged the limelight in 2018 with the ‘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 and a suspect within the Moin Qureshi corruption case, Sana Satish, alleged on October 4, 2018, he paid Rs 2.95 crore to Asthana by means of middlemen Somesh and Manoj. This sparked a bitter battle between Asthana and Verma, with the previous writing to the vigilance fee and itemizing 10 instances the place he alleged Verma tried to affect the investigation.
Asthana alleged Satish claimed to have paid Rs 2 crore in bribe to Verma to keep away from motion by the CBI. He alleged when Satish was known as in for questioning in February 2018, Verma restricted Asthana from inspecting him.
In an one other appointment, VSK Kaumudi, a 1986-batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, has been appointed Special Secretary, Internal Security, within the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) until his superannuation on November 30, 2022.