The FIR was registered against Asthana and others when Alok Verma was the CBI director. Verma was unceremoniously removed by a three-member panel, led by the prime minister, in January 2019 on charges of corruption.
This was after a probe by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) which found that four charges levelled against Verma by the then CBI’s second in command Rakesh Asthana were “substantiated”.
Asthana, who was booked on allegations of criminal conspiracy, corruption and criminal misconduct, has sought the quashing of the FIR. Asthana had alleged in his petition that he was falsely implicated at Verma’s behest. The former CBI director had denied the accusations levelled against him.
Giving a clean chit to Asthana, the agency has found no involvement of any public official in the alleged bribery case. The agency has, however, chargesheeted Dubai-based businessman Manoj Prasad and moved an application to continue its probe against Prasad’s brother Somesh Prasad.
CHARGES AGAINST DEVENDER KUMAR
Devender Kumar, earlier the investigating officer in a case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi, was arrested on allegations of forgery in recording the statement of Hyderabad-based businessman Satish Babu Sana, who had allegedly paid a bribe to get relief in the case.
Sana, the complainant in the case registered by CBI, was arrested in July 2018 by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Moin Qureshi case. Asthana, who was heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the Moin Qureshi case, had in September 2018 sought to arrest Sana in connection with his dubious involvement in the Moin Qureshi case.
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