Delhi HC to deliver verdict on Asthana plea on Friday


New Delhi, Jan 10 : The Delhi High Court will deliver on Friday its verdict on Special CBI Director Rakesh Asthana and DSP Devendra Kumar seeking quashing of the FIR against them.

On December 20, 2018, Justice Najmi Waziri reserved the order on Asthana and suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Devender Kumar’s pleas seeking quashing of FIRs against them.

Asthana has stated that the cases were registered against them in an illegal manner with mala fide intention.

CBI Director Alok Verma’s counsel has justified the agency’s action against Asthana, saying the registration of FIR was in compliance of all existing laws, regulations and made following due procedure.

According to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Kumar fabricated the statement of Satish Sana Babu, a witness in the businessman Moin Qureshi case, showing he recorded the statement on September 26, 2018 in Delhi.

However, investigation revealed that Sana was not in Delhi on that day. He was in Hyderabad and joined the investigation only on October 1, 2018.

The CBI has registered an FIR against Asthana, Kumar and two others, alleging that they took bribes at least five times between December 2017 and October 2018.

Asthana, a 1984-batch IPS officer of the Gujarat cadre, is accused of accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore from a businessman who was being probed in the Qureshi case to “wreck” the investigation.

On October 24, Alok Verma was divested of his charge and Joint Director M. Nageshwar Rao was made the interim Director. Asthana was also divested of all his supervisory responsibilities.

The government took the decision after Verma and Asthana accused each other of taking bribes.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday restored CBI Director Alok Verma as the agency chief by setting aside the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and the Centre’s decision to divest him of his powers .

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