New Delhi: The Union government on Thursday finally curtailed the tenure of CBI’s ex-special director Rakesh Asthana, along with three other officers with immediate effect.

This comes a day after Asthana moved an application in the Delhi high court seeking corrections in the recent judgment. The action was taken by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC).


According to sources, Asthana, who was facing corruption charges filed by ex CBI chief Alok Verma, may move the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).

Other officers who have been shunted out from the CBI are AK Sharma, MK Sinha, and JJ Naiknavare.

Asthana was appointed as the Director General (DG) of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) on Friday by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

The Delhi high court had on January 11 dismissed a plea filed by Asthana, seeking quashing of an FIR against him in a bribery case.

The government has taken action following this. According to sources, earlier the government was planning to repatriate Asthana and others to their parent cadre but later decided to curtail their tenure in the CBI.

Till he is serving the CBI, Asthana is out of the race to become the chief; however, he will have a chance to become CBI director in 2021 as he will retire in March that year.