New Delhi: A court here today chided CBI for
having lost a file relating to probe against a former RAW
chief on the charge of amassing assets disproportionate to
known sources of his income and said "it indicates that things
are not above board".
The court also allowed R K Yadav, a former RAW officer,
to produce evidence to prove his charge that A K Verma, former
head of the external intelligence agency, had acquired assets
disproportionate to his known sources of income.
Even though CBI claimed to have lost the file relating
to the probe into the charge against Verma, a 1953-batch IPS
officer, the court gave a go-ahead to Yadav, the complainant,
to record the evidence.
"In reply to an RTI application, the complainant was told
that the file has been lost. This is just not acceptable. CBI
is not supposed to lose the track of file after initiating
investigation. It indicates that things are not above board,"
Special CBI Judge Pradeep Chaddah said.
Yadav had alleged in a complaint to the court that Verma,
while acting as RAW chief between July 1987 and May 1990, had
amassed huge wealth including moveable and immoveable assets
and several flats and farm houses.
He sought action against Verma and, his son Deepak Verma,
who is settled in the US, under Prevention of Corruption Act
Allowing Yadav to produce his evidence, the court said
he should be given a fair chance to prove his charges.
"If there is any element of truth in the assessments made
by the complainant that accused acquired various properties,
then certainly it should raise eyebrow as he, being a
government servant, cannot be expected to have amassed so much
of assets. Complainant should be given a fair chance to prove
his allegations," the court said.