Delhi HC to pronounce verdict on Rakesh Asthana plea today
New Delhi: A day after Central Bureau of Investigation Director Alok Verma was unceremoniously removed from his office by a committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Delhi High Court on Friday is likely to deliver its verdict on pleas filed by Special Director Rakesh Asthana and few others to revoke the FIR filed against them on bribery charges.
The Delhi High Court bench of Justice Najmi Waziri had reserved the judgment on December 20, 2018, on various petitions after hearing submissions of counsel for the CBI, Asthana, Verma, Deputy Superintendent Devender Kumar, and Joint Director A K Sharma. Asthana, Kumar and an alleged middleman Manoj Prasad had moved court seeking the quashing of the FIR against them.
The FIR was filed after Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana claimed he had paid bribes to get relief in a case related to meat-exporter Moin Qureshi and made allegations of corruption and extortion against Asthana.
Kumar, earlier the investigating officer in a case involving Qureshi, was arrested in the case on October 22 and was granted bail a week later. Prasad was arrested on October 17, 2018, and he was granted bail on December 18.