This comes days after a High-powered Committee removed Alok Verma as CBI director. Asthana and Verma had accused each other of taking bribe.
A week after a high-powered committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ousted CBI chief Alok Verma, the government on Thursday moved out Special Director Rakesh Asthana from the probe agency. The tenure of three other senior officers of the probe agency has also been curtailed.
Asthana is facing corruption charges in the Moin Qureshi case. An FIR was filed against Asthana and others last year after Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana claimed he had paid bribes to get relief in a case related to meat-exporter Moin Qureshi and made allegations of corruption and extortion against Asthana.
The Delhi High Court has given the CBI ten weeks time to complete the investigation against Asthana.