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Manoj Prasad was arrested in connection with bribery allegations involving CBI special director Rakesh Asthana (in pic). Photo: HT
Manoj Prasad was arrested in connection with bribery allegations involving CBI special director Rakesh Asthana (in pic). Photo: HT

CBI vs CBI: Court grants bail to middleman Manoj Prasad

Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann said keeping Manoj Prasad in further custody would not serve any purpose

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to Manoj Prasad, an alleged middleman arrested in connection with bribery allegations involving CBI special director Rakesh Asthana.

Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann granted bail to Prasad and said that keeping him in further custody won’t serve any purpose.

Prasad, arrested on October 17, is currently in judicial custody.

The court had on November 3 denied bail to Prasad, saying it was not a fit stage to grant him relief.

On October 31, it had granted bail to co-accused and CBI DSP Devender Kumar after the agency did not oppose his bail petition.

The agency had registered an FIR against Asthana and others on a written complaint of businessman Sathish Sana on October 15.

Besides Asthana, Prasad and Kumar, another alleged middleman Somesh Prasad has also been named as an accused in the case. The FIR had alleged that Kumar, the then investigating officer in the case against meat exporter Moin Qureshi, repeatedly called the complainant to the CBI office to harass and compel him to pay a bribe of 5 crore for getting a clean chit in the case.

The complaint had also alleged that a part of the bribe was paid by Sana.

Also read: Opinion | How infighting put a blot on CBI’s reputation

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed

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