CBI: Officer probing Kochhar case shifted

Central Bureau of Investigation has transferred the investigating officer in the ICICI Bank case as its ‘discreet inquiry’ suggested his role in leaking information related to searches, officials said on Sunday.
Superintendent of Police Sudhanshu Dhar Mishra was transferred to Ranchi, a day after filing the FIR in the case against former ICICI CEO Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak and Videocon group MD Venugopal Dhoot on January 22, they said.
The agency had carried out searches at multiple locations after the charge of the case was given to new Investigating officer Mohit Gupta, they said.
Justifying the transfer, the CBI pinned the blame on Mishra for keeping the preliminary enquiry pending without any reasons, they said.
The officials said after review some time ago, the PE wad sped up and was converted into a regular case.
Immediately after the registration of the case, the searches were proposed, they said.
However, it was suspected that there was a possibility of information regarding searches being leaked, the officials claimed.
A Central Bureau of Investigation officer who was investigating the case against former ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar and Videocon head Venugopal Dhoot, was transferred a day after he signed the complaint.
Sudhanshu Dhar Mishra, who was part of the Banking and Securities Fraud Cell, was transferred to the agency’s Economic Offences branch in Ranchi on Thursday, reports NDTV.
Incidentally, Mishra’s transfer comes a day after Union Minister Arun Jaitley advised the investigating agency to avoid ‘adventurism’ and concentrate only on the bull’s eye.
On Friday, a day after the CBI named banking doyen K V Kamath and virtual who’s who of the sector for questioning in the alleged fraud case against Chanda Kochhar, Jaitley, who is recuperating after a surgery in a hospital in the US, on Twitter said one of the reasons for ‘poor’ conviction rate in India is that ‘adventurism and megalomania’ overtakes investigators and professionalism takes a back seat.
The CBI on Thursday filed a case of criminal conspiracy and fraud against Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar. — Agencies
“A discreet inquiry was conducted and role of Sudhanshu Dhar Mishra was strongly suspected. Hence he has been transferred pending detailed inquiry in the matter, being serious,” he said.  — PTI

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