New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a challenge to Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as director of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).
The challenge was brought under a plea by advocate M.L. Sharma and was based on the pending first information report on corruption and bribery charges against Asthana, who was appointed as director of the BCAS on 18 January.
On 11 January, the Delhi high court had dismissed petitions by former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special director Asthana and others seeking quashing of an FIR against them on charges of corruption and bribery.
The Delhi high court, ruling on the petitions by Asthana, deputy superintendent Devender Kumar and alleged middleman Manoj Prasad, had also directed the CBI to complete its investigation in the case against Asthana and others within 10 weeks.
The CBI had on 15 October registered a case of criminal conspiracy and corruption against Asthana, who has spearheaded probes in the AgustaWestland and Bihar fodder case probes.
The Centre had in October sent both Asthana and the then CBI director Alok Verma on leave, divesting them of their powers. On 8 January, the Supreme Court reinstated Verma as the CBI director but barred him from taking fresh policy decisions for the remaining three weeks of his term.