The Gujarat Connection Surfaces
Over seven months have passed since the Centre was forced to relieve controversial 1984-batch IPS officer Rakesh Asthana from the post of special director in the CBI. He had a running feud with his then boss Alok Verma. Asthana was appointed head of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, and the CBI, under its new director R.K. Shukla, had seen a slew of transfers of officers perceived to be close to Verma. However, the government did not appoint anyone as the agency’s special director. Rumour has it that Asthana’s replacement could be A.K. Singh, a 1985-batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer who enjoys the blessings of the country’s two most powerful politicians. He is currently the Ahmedabad commissioner of police.