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Court asks CBI why 3 ex-chiefs have not been questioned in Moin Qureshi case

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New Delhi (ILNS): A Delhi court has posed a set of questions to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on why the agency is dragging its feet in a case involving the roles of three of its ex-directors. 

Special court judge Sanjeev Aggarwal asked the CBI why it hasn’t questioned ex-CBI directors Ranjit Sinha, AP Singh and Alok Verma in relation to a case of bribery against meat exporter Moin Qureshi, registered in February 2017. According to the CBI’s first information report (FIR), Moin Qureshi worked as a middleman for some public servants and was helped by ex-CBI chief AP Singh.

“It is apparent that in this case, the role of two of its ex-directors is under scanner i.e. AP Singh and Ranjit Sinha along with alleged middleman Moin Akhtar Qureshi, which needs upfront i.e. frank and honest investigations,” the judge said in a latest order. When any institution or organisation finds itself at a crossroads, it has to take the right path, said the special court judge.

Some questions posed to the CBI by Special Court were: 

  • ·        Why CBI hasn’t questioned  its former directors Ranjit Sinha, AP Singh and Alok Verma in relation to a bribery case against meat exporter Moin Qureshi?
  • ·        Why tried and tested methods like searches and custodial interrogation of potential suspects were not done in the investigation?
  • ·        Was the alleged role played by Verma in stalling the investigation investigated?
  • ·        In absence of a definitive timeline, will investigations go on for indefinite period of time, so that FIR may die its own death?
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The matter has been kept for hearing on October 27.

Read the order here;



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