Crisis at India's top investigative body, controversy over suspension of 2 top officials

Indian Congress party workers shout slogans during a protest near the Central Bureau of Investigation office in Mumbai, India, on Oct 26, 2018.
Indian Congress party workers shout slogans during a protest near the Central Bureau of Investigation office in Mumbai, India, on Oct 26, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BJP govt under fire over controversial suspension of 2 top officials amid graft probe

A festering crisis at the country's top investigative agency is the latest challenge facing the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government ahead of parliamentary elections next year.

The director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Mr Alok Verma, and a special director at the agency, Mr Rakesh Asthana, were last week "divested" of their roles by the government until "further orders". Both have accused the other of corruption.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 01, 2018, with the headline 'Crisis at India's top investigative body'. Print Edition | Subscribe