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A Delhi court has ordered a CBI inquiry into allegations against A K Verma, former chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), that he acquired assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.
Acting on a complaint, special judge Pradeep Chaddah of Tis Hazari court on Monday ordered the CBI to investigate the ownership and value of properties possessed by Verma and his family.
R K Yadav, a former employee of RAW, had filed a complaint in 2009 against A K Verma and his son Deepak, alleging embezzlement of secret funds to acquire properties.
According to the complainant, the properties acquired by Verma in Delhi and the national capital region included a palatial house in Noida Sector 26, property in Archana Shopping Complex in GK1, flats at Janakpuri and Ferozshah Road, farm houses at Bijwasan and Mehrauli and a computer factory at Okhla.
When contacted over the phone, Verma told The Indian Express that "all the properties have been declared in my property returns" and reported to government at the time when these were acquired.
"The complainant is a dismissed employee of RAW and has carried on a vendetta against me by approaching all the authorities," he said. "Nobody has ever questioned me because there was nothing to be questioned about. The allegations mentioned in the complaint are false."
Verma joined the police force in 1953 and was the Intelligence Bureau. He took over as the chief of RAW, the country's external intelligence agency, in 1987. He retired three years later.
According to the complainant, he had taken up the issue in 1999 and personally briefed R K Raghavan, former CBI director, and N Vittal, the former Central Vigilance Commission chief. Further, CBI officer R N Azad was deputed to conduct a discreet inquiry. But the complainant claimed that in reply to his RTI application, the CBI had stated that files concerning Verma were not traceable.