New Delhi: A special court here has ordered a CBI inquiry into alleged disproportionate assets of former RAW chief AK Verma, who was headed the intelligence agency during the IPKF operations in Sri Lanka.
Acting on the plea of former RAW official RK Yadav, special CBI judge Pradeep Chaddah ordered the probe agency to depute a senior officer to carry out investigation regarding ownership and value of the properties mentioned above which are allegedly owned by accused and his family.
In his complaint, Yadav has alleged that Verma -- who was the chief of Research and Analysis Wing between 1987-90 -- had swindled central funds allocated for secret operation.
He also alleged that Verma had accumulated assets vastly disproportionate to his known sources of income during his posting as senior officer of the RAW.
Yadav has given a list of eight properties allegedly owned by Verma and his family which include a house in Noida, properties in a shopping complex in posh Greater Kailash, flats in Janakpuri and upmarket Ferozeshah Road, farm house in Bijwasan, Mehrauli, computer factory in Okhla and two flats at Airport Road, Bangalore.
On his part, Verma has refuted the allegations.
"Mr Yadav is a dismissed employee who was dismissed under Article 311 of the Constitution without being given a showcause notice and I was heading the organisation where he worked. He is trying to have some sort of enquiry against me for all these 20 years plus," Verma told a news agency.
Verma said Yadav had written to the Prime Minister, various Parliamentarians, the Supreme Court, the CVC, the CBDT during all these years and even got articles published against him in various newspapers but nobody took any action.
"This is the first time in 20 years plus that an enquiry has been ordered. Even he has earlier approached the CVC seeking a CBI probe which was turned down," he said.
About 17 years ago, Verma said, 11 MPs had written to the then Prime Minister seeking a probe into these allegations and but no action was taken.
"Under the RTI Act, I had applied for the complaint and action taken on it from the PMO, the CBI and the CVC, to know what was alleged but there were no records. These records were destroyed within a year or two because there was nothing in the allegations," he said.
The ex-RAW chief said nothing was purchased by any of his family member which was brought without the knowledge of the government.
"My property returns, which I am obliged to file every year, mention the acquisitions as and when it took place. Finally, this fellow (Yadav) has no idea of my or my family`s sources of income. He has gone by assumption that I have salary as my only source of income...
"I welcome that for once CBI should inquire into this. I hope when the inquiry is complete, they take action against individual who has made false and motivated allegations against me," Verma said.