The appointment of Rakesh Asthana, the Gujarat cadre IPS officer as a special director in the CBI has raised eyebrows in some quarters. The officer who has investigated high-profile cases such as AgustaWestland is now the second in command in the CBI which is headed by Director Alok Verma. Asthana is a 1984 batch police service officer. He had headed the special investigation team which probed the burning of Sabarmati Express in Godhra in February 2002. He was also part of the probe team that investigated the fodder scam.