Rakesh Asthana, who probed Augusta Westland scam, set to be CBI’s special director

By NL Team

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The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) on Sunday appointed senior Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana, who has been investigating high-profile cases like the Augusta Westland, as special director of the Central Bureau Of Investigation. He is now the second senior-most officer in the central anti-corruption agency after CBI director Alok Verma, The Times of India reported.

Asthana’s promotion came along with the promotion of seven other IPS officers of the 1984 batch. He is currently an additional director in the CBI and is handling several probes including the AgustaWestland scam and cases related to allegations of corruption in Delhi government among others. He also served as the interim chief of the investigating agency after Anil Sinha retired on December 2 last year, an NDTV report stated.

Asthana, a 1984 batch police service officer, had also headed the state Special Investigation Team that probed the burning of Sabarmati Express in Godhra in February 2002, along with the probe into the fodder scam in Bihar.