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CBI vs CBI: SC Approves Asthana’s Appointment as Spl Director

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The Supreme Court on Friday, 14 December, approved Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as Special Director.

CBI Director Alok Verma had filed his reply copy on Friday, 7 December, in which he has refuted all the allegations that were made against him and also asserted that the allegations against Special Director Rakesh Asthana must be probed seriously.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday, 6 December, pulled up the Centre and asked the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is arguing for Central Vigilance Commission, as to what prompted the government to take an overnight decision on 23 October to divest CBI Director Alok Verma of his powers without consulting the Selection Committee.

The Centre had, on Wednesday, told the Supreme Court that the fight between two top officers of the CBI – Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana – in public exposed the premier probe agency to ridicule.

  • Alok Verma’s two-year tenure ends on 31 January
  • He has challenged the Centre’s decision to divest him of duties
  • Verma’s counsel Fali Nariman argued that the transfer of CBI Director should have the approval of the Selection Committee comprising the PM, CJI and Leader of Opposition

Delhi HC Defers Asthana's Plea Seeking Quashing of FIR Against Him

The Delhi High Court on Friday, 14 December, deferred the hearing to Thursday, 20 December on the plea of Rakesh Asthana and Devender Kumar who were seeking the quashing of the FIR against them.

SC Approves Asthana’s Appointment as Spl Director

The Supreme Court on Friday, 13 December, approved Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as the Special Director.

An NGO Common Cause had challenged Asthana’s appointment as the CBI Special Director.

Never Met Rakesh Asthana, Charges Against Me Are False: Middleman

Manoj Prasad, the alleged middleman who was arrested by CBI for allegedly asking Rs 5 crore from Hyderabad-based businessman Satish Babu Sana told CNN-News18 that he never met Rakesh Asthana and all charges are false.

HC Seeks CBI Response on Sana's Plea for Hearing Him in Matter Related to Asthana

The Delhi High Court Tuesday, 11 December, sought the CBI's response on a plea by Hyderabad-based businessman Satish Babu Sana seeking to be heard in a matter relating to the quashing of an FIR registered against Special Director Rakesh Asthana on bribery allegations.

Justice Najmi Waziri also sought reply of Asthana, CBI Director Alok Verma and Joint Director A K Sharma on the plea of Sana requesting him to be impleaded as a party in Asthana's petition seeking quashing of the FIR.

Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for Sana, said the FIR was filed on the basis of his complaint. He was helping the agency in the investigation and should also be heard.

Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee and advocate Rajdipa Behura, representing the CBI, said there was no need to implead Sana.

CBI Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar, earlier the investigating officer in a case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi, was arrested on the allegations of forgery in recording the statement of Sana, who had alleged to have paid bribe to get relief in the case.

Kumar was granted bail by a Delhi court on 31 October.

Satish Sana Moves HC, Seeks Protection From Arrest

Satish Sana, a businessman who raised corruption charges against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, has approached the Delhi High Court seeking protection from arrest. The high court has listed the matter for Tuesday, 11 December.