Rakesh Asthana appointed as DG, BCAS

Rakesh Asthana


New Delhi, Jan 18: A day after the Narendra Modi government curtailed his tenure in the Central Bureau of Investigation as Special Director, Rakesh Asthana, who had a feud with former CBI chief Alok Verma, was on Friday appointed as the new Director General of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).

According to the official notification, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Rakesh Asthana as Director General, BCAS by temporarily upgrading the post of Director General, BCAS to that of DG level, on a personal basis, for the duration of two years with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

This comes a day after Asthana, who himself under cloud over corruption charges, tenure as CBI Special Director was curtailed with immediate effect.

Besides Asthana, the centre has also curtailed three other officials from the probe agency, who were considered close to him during the tussle with Verma.

Last year in October, the governent had sent Asthana on forced leave divesting him of his powers along with Verma after the two offcials of CBI levelled allegations of corruption on each other.

Alov Verma, who moved the Supreme Court challenging the order, was removed as CBI Director on January 10 by a three-member selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and two of its members including Senior Congress leader, Mallikarjun Kharge, and Chief Justice of India-nominated Justice A.K. Sikri of the top court.

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