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CBI vs CBI: HC refuses to drop FIR against Rakesh Asthana

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 11, 2019 Published on January 11, 2019

Also vacates interim order granting him protection against criminal proceedings

The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to quash the FIR lodged against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana over bribery allegations.

Justice Najmi Waziri also refused to quash the FIR lodged against CBI Deputy Superintendent Devender Kumar and alleged middleman Manoj Prasad.

HC: Complete investigation

The High Court directed the CBI to complete investigation against Asthana and others within 10 weeks.

It further said the allegation of “mala fide” raised against then CBI Director Alok Verma is not made up.

The court also vacated its interim order granting protection to Asthana against criminal proceedings.

Justice Waziri said that permission for prior sanction to prosecute Asthana and Kumar was not required considering the facts of the case.

The High Court dismissed the petitions filed by Asthana, Kumar and Prasad challenging the FIR lodged against them. Asthana was booked on charges of criminal conspiracy, corruption and criminal misconduct under sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.

Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana, on whose complaint the FIR was lodged, had alleged that he paid bribe to get relief in a case.

Sana had also made allegations of corruption, extortion, high-handedness and serious malpractice against Asthana.

Published on January 11, 2019
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