A Delhi court on Wednesday expressed displeasure over CBI's investigation into a bribery case involving its former special director Rakesh Asthana and said why the accused with a bigger role in the case were roaming free while the CBI arrested its own DSP.
"Why certain accused, who seem to have a bigger role in the case, were roaming free while the CBI arrested its own DSP," asked special CBI judge Sanjeev Aggarwal.
The court put up the matter for further consideration on February 19. Asthana and DSP Devender Singh, who was arrested in 2018 and later got bail, were named in column 12 of the charge sheet since there was not enough evidence to make them accused.
Rakesh Asthana was the Special Director at CBI. He was alleged to have received a bribe from the accused who was involved in a case that was investigated by him. The case was in regard to meat exporter Moin Qureshi who was investigated for evading tax, money laundering and graft.
It all started with a gap formed between CBI Chief Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana when former objected to the promotion of the latter as the former alleged that latter had a role in Sterling Biotech case. Rakesh Asthana was cleared and got promoted. Rakesh Asthana also alleged that Alok Verma was also involved in corruption to save accused in the Moin Qureshi case. It was also alleged by Rakesh Asthana that Alok Verma tried to prevent the accused in Qureshi case from being questioned and Asthana was taken off from important cases by Alok Verma.
Later, the statement of accused in Moin Qureshi case was recorded before Magistrate against Rakesh Asthana that he took the bribe from the accused and CBI filed a case against Rakesh Asthana.
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