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CBI Infighting: It's No. 1 Plus No. 4 Versus No. 2

CBI Infighting: It's No. 1 Plus No. 4 Versus No. 2

The No. 2 and No. 4 of the CBI had axes to grind against each other. No. 1 also fell out with No. 2 over time, splitting the organisation.

CBI Infighting: It's No. 1 Plus No. 4 Versus No. 2 Photograph by Jitender Gupta

At the heart of the CBI maelstrom is a tale of bloated egos, hurt pride and personal rivalries. The No. 2 and No. 4 of the agency had axes to grind against each other. No. 1 also fell out with No. 2 over time, splitting the organisation. No. 1 and No. 4 then came together against No. 2.

No. 2 Rakesh Asthana and No. 4 A.K. Sharma are Gujarat-cadre IPS officers. But the grapevine has it that they did not like each other. They carried their hos­tility to Delhi when they found themselves as colleagues in the CBI. Sharma came to the CBI in April 2015.

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