Big blow to Asthana as HC refuses to quash FIR in bribery allegation

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Jan 11: There seems to be no end to the controversies and mysterious around India's premier investigating agency Central Bureau of Investigation. After the news of the resignation of Alok Verma, comes the news of the mounting problems of  CBI special director Rakesh Asthana. There is no respite for Asthana, as of now.The Delhi high court on Friday refused to quash the FIR lodged against Central Bureau of Investigation special director Rakesh Asthana on bribery allegations.   Justice Najmi Waziri also refused to quash the FIR lodged against CBI deputy superintendent Devender Kumar and alleged middleman Manoj Prasad. The high court's verdict came on petitions by Asthana, Kumar and Prasad challenging the FIR lodged against them. Asthana was booked on charges of criminal conspiracy, corruption and criminal misconduct under sections of Prevention of Corruption Act. Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana, on whose complaint the FIR was lodged, alleged having paid a bribe to get relief in a case. Sana had also made allegations of corruption, extortion, high-handedness and serious malpractice against Asthana.

With Agencies