Special CBI Director Rakesh Asthana on Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court against the lodging of an FIR against him in a bribery case. Asthana has sought the high court’s direction that no coercive action be taken against him. His petition was mentioned before Chief Justice Rajendra Menon. The chief justice allocated the matter to an appropriate bench, which will hear it in the post-lunch session.
The investigating agency defended the arrest of its Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar saying "incriminating documents and evidence were found after raiding his office and residence". In an unprecedented move, the CBI told the court that an extortion racket in the garb of investigation was being run from the CBI headquarters and that Kumar was also part of it.
Earlier, CBI DSP Devender Kumar had approached the Delhi high court on Tuesday challenging his arrest in connection with bribery allegations involving the agency’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana.
The matter was mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice VK Rao by senior advocate Dayan Krishnan.
Kumar, who was earlier the investigating officer in a case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi, was arrested on Monday by the CBI on the allegations of forgery in recording the statement of businessman Sathish Sana, who had alleged to have paid bribes to get relief in the case.
Here are the highlights:
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Deputy SP Devender Kumar has been sent to 7 days CBI custody.
The Delhi High Court posted the matter for Monday (October 29) when the CBI director has to respond to the allegations levelled by Rakesh Asthana. Till then no action can be taken against him.
Matter posted for Monday (Oct 29) when CBI director has to respond to the allegations levelled by #RakeshAsthana . Till then no action can be taken against him, says Delhi High Court pic.twitter.com/G6YYfqWy9d
— ANI (@ANI) October 23, 2018
Senior Advocate for Rakesh Asthana submits before the Delhi High Court. "This is a case of illegal registration of FIR against CBI Spl Director based on a statement of an accused," he said.
CBI chief Aloke Verma divests No. 2 Rakesh Asthana of all powers.
Present case is an effort to derail a separate case against meat exporter Moin Qureshi, Kumar tells the Court.
CBI seeks court's nod to add some more sections in present FIR against accused including its DSP Devender Kumar.