(Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
(Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Delhi HC grants CBI 4 months to complete probe in Rakesh Asthana bribery case

  • CBI had sought more time to complete its probe in the case
  • In January, the High Court directed the CBI to conclude the probe within 10 weeks

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday granted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) four more months to complete its probe in a bribery case involving former special director Rakesh Asthana, deputy superintendent Devendra Kumar, and middleman Manoj Prasad.

Justice Mukta Gupta accepted the CBI’s plea seeking a 10-week extension to complete its investigation in the case.

The CBI had sought more time to complete its probe in the case so as to conduct the probe in a free, fair and transparent manner.

The CBI had registered a case against Asthana alleging criminal conspiracy, corruption and criminal misconduct under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, following an

FIR against Asthana, Kumar and two others accusing them of taking bribes at least five times between December 2017 and October 2018 in the Moin Qureshi case.

In January, the High Court refused to quash the FIR against Asthana, Kumar and Prasad and directed the CBI to conclude the probe within 10 weeks.

It was brought to the court’s notice that Kumar had preferred an appeal before the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court’s order which had dismissed the petitions by Asthana and others seeking quashing of an FIR against them.

The high court’s verdict dismissing Asthana’s plea came in the backdrop of the row between him and former CBI chief Alok Verma which became public late last year and the unprecedented churn within the investigative agency that followed.

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