CBI Row: Delhi HC dumps plea seeking to quash FIR against Rakesh Asthana and DSP Devendra Kumar

The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed the plea filed by Central Bureau of Investigation‘s Special Director Rakesh Asthana and Suspended DSP Devendra Kumar seeking to quash an FIR registered against them by the probe Agency. The CBI has been asked to complete probe in 10 weeks. The court said that Probe against him will continue.

The CBI had in October last year registered an FIR against Rakesh Asthana and Devendra Kumar on the directions of Former CBI Chief Alok Verma for allegedly taking a bribe from Hyderabad based businessman Sathish Babu Sana to clear his name from the Moin Qureshi case. Sacked as CBI Director, Alok Verma refuses to take charge as DG Fire Services, tenders resignation

Asthana had challenged the case of CBI and filed a petition before Delhi High Court which ordered the Investigating Agency to maintain the status quo and granted him interim relief from the arrest. Three petitions were filed in Delhi High Court for challenging the First Information Report of CBI. CBI NO.2 Rakesh Asthana was charged with criminal conspiracy, corruption, and criminal misconduct.

Asthana in his petition also sought that no coercive action should be taken against him.  He submitted to the court that he was maliciously harassed and there was no evidence against him and the bribery case was a backlash to complaints of criminal misconduct against Alok Verma.

The CBI sought the custody of its Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar by
submitting that “incriminating documents and evidence were found after raiding his office and residence”. CBI had submitted before the court that an extortion racket in the garb of the investigation was being run from the CBI headquarters and that Kumar was also part of it. Interim CBI chief Nageshwar Rao reverses transfer orders issued by Alok Verma; claim Sources

Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana, on whose complaint the FIR was registered, alleged that he paid a bribe to get relief in a money laundering case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi.

While Suspended DSP Devendra Kumar was arrested on October 22 last year in connection to a bribery allegation involving the Special Director Rakesh Asthana. However, he was later granted bail by furnishing bail bond on ₹50,000. SC dismisses petition questioning Asthana’s appointment as Special CBI Director

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