CBI vs CBI: No major order, SC told interim CBI chief, he closes a case
Three days before the Supreme Court resumes hearing on CBI Director Alok Verma’s petition challenging the October 23 government order sending him on leave and divesting him of all responsibilities, a new row rocked the probe agency Monday after it emerged that interim CBI Director M Nageswara Rao passed an order on November 11 to close a case against chartered accountant Sanjay Bhandari and Income Tax officials.
Rao had been directed by the Supreme Court on October 26 that he “shall, as of from now, not take any policy decision(s) or any major decision(s) and will only perform the routine tasks that are essential to keep the CBI functional”. The case for which a closure order was issued on November 11 dates back to June 2016 when the CBI booked Bhandari and his two sons, Shreyans and Divyang, along with nine Income Tax officials, including S K Mittal, Principal Commissioner, Income Tax, Delhi, for allegedly indulging in corrupt practices. It was alleged that these Income Tax officials availed illegal favours, including stay at five-star hotels, travel in luxury cars and flight travel, at the expense of Bhandari in lieu of helping him in the cases of his clients.