Delhi HC grants 2 more months to CBI to complete probe against Rakesh Asthana

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted two more months to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete probe against the agency's former special director Rakesh Asthana and others.

 

Justice Vibhu Bakhru granted two months times to the agency and added that no further time will be granted to the agency to complete the investigation in the case.

The court passed the order while disposing of a plea by the CBI seeking an extension of time to complete the probe in the case.

On September 30, the CBI had moved the court seeking time to complete the investigation into the corruption charges levelled against them. The agency had moved the court on the expiry of the four months extension granted to it to investigate the case.

Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee, representing the CBI, said Letters Rogatory has been sent to the USA and UAE.

He added that the response is awaited due to which the investigation could not be completed and urged the court to grant three more months to complete the probe

The plea was opposed by the counsel for the three accused -- Asthana, DSP Devender Kumar and businessman Manoj Prasad.

Asthana was booked on the allegations of criminal conspiracy, corruption and criminal misconduct under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Asthana and Devendra Kumar are being probed by the CBI for allegedly accepting the bribe in exchange for a clean chit to Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana.

Asthana had also accused former CBI Director Alok Verma of trying to falsely implicate him in the case, following which the Centre sent both on leave last year.

Both CBI director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana were sent on leave on October 25, 2018.

Asthana accused the CBI director of accepting a bribe from a Hyderabad based businessman being investigated by the agency, simultaneously, Verma also accused Asthana of the same crime.

 

With inputs from PTI, ANI

Image credit: The Indian Express

 

 

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