CBI Bribery Row: Alleged middleman Manoj Prasad gets bail

Rakesh Asthana

New Delhi, Dec 18: The Patiala House court on Tuesday granted bail to an alleged middleman Manoj Prasad, who was arrested in bribery allegations involving CBI special director Rakesh Asthana.

He was granted bail by Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann. The said that keeping him in further custody won’t serve any purpose.

Prasad had refuted all claims made by complainant Satish Sana during a media interaction on December 11.

Vehemently denying all allegations, Prasad said that he had “never-ever” met Asthana.

Satish Sana, a Hyderabad based businessman who is under the probe agency scanner in a corruption case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi, had alleged to have met Prasad in Dubai.

Sana had claimed that Prasad had allegedly informed him about having “very good connection” in the CBI and assured him of helping in the case with help of his brother Somesh Prasad.

The alleged middleman was arrested on October 17 for allegedly seeking Rs 5 crore from the Hyderabad based businessman for getting him relief from the CBI’s summons.

Earlier, on November 13 the court had rejected his bail saying the investigation is still at a crucial stage.

Prior to this, the court had granted bail to co-accused and CBI DSP Devender Kumar after the probe agency did not oppose his bail plea.

The CBI on October 15 received the complaint from the businessman and following this an official FIR was registered against Asthana on October 21.


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