Chowdary's Entry into Reliance Turns Controversial

Chowdary's Entry into Reliance Turns Controversial

Former bureaucrat from Andhra Pradesh who has served at a senior level in the union government has been offered a key role in India's biggest corporate firm Reliance Group. 1978 batch IRS officer KV Chowdary had served as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC).

He had head the tax department from June 2015 to June 2019. His appointment to RIL's board of directors is drawing flak from Opposition parties. KV Chowdary's four-year tenure had witnessed some controversy pertaining to some political cases. Most important one is the case related to CBI's infighting in 2018 during his tenure.

KV Chowdary, following the directions of the Supreme Court, had conducted a probe on CBI chief Alok Verma and submitted his report against Alok Verma. Replying to this, Alok Verma had leveled serious charges against then CVC KV Chowdary and even questioned his "integrity" as the CVC. It was then alleged by PM Modi's political opponents that KV Chowdary favored PM Modi.

It is common knowledge that CBI boss Alok Verma and his colleague Rakesh Asthana, known to be the blue-eyed boy of PM Modi, were at loggerheads. KV Chowdary's probe into CBI boss Alok Verma had become controversial.

As KV Chowdary is rumoured to be close to the likes of PM Modi and former CM Chandrababu Naidu and several others, his appointment into Reliance Industries Board of Directors is being questioned by Congress and CPM leaders. CPM leaders are demanding a thorough probe into KV Chowdary's previous decisions related to RIL during his tenure.