Rakesh Asthana fears arrest, gets relief from Delhi HC

CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, fearing arrerst, today moved the Delhi High Court seeking interim protection from arrest and quashing of an FIR in connection with bribery allegations against him. The Delhi High Court directed the CBI to maintain status quo on the criminal proceedings initiated against him. He  has challenged the FIR lodged against him on bribery allegations.However, the high court clarified that there was no stay on the ongoing probe.

Justice Najmi Waziri also sought response of the probe agency and its Director Alok Kumar Verma as also Joint Director A K Sharma on the separate pleas of Asthana and Deputy Superintendent Devender Kumar, arrested in the bribery case. The notice has also been issued to Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which is the administrative arm for the CBI.

Earlier in the morning, the arrested CBI DSP Devender Kumar also moved the High Court challenging his arrest. In his petition, Devender Kumar said he was being made “a scapegoat” and the case filed against them was false, frivolous and an afterthought.Kumar insisted that he was an “upright police officer” with an excellent service record. Kumar, in his plea, has requested the court to call documents related to the case.

Meanwhile, the CBI produced DSP Devender Kumar before a Delhi court in connection with the bribery case against Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Kumar, who was Investigating Officer (IO) in the Moin Qureshi case as part of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Asthana, was arrested on Monday.

The agency sought Kumar’s custody saying it has found incriminating documents and evidence after raiding his office and residence. The court allowed the CBI to quiz him in custody for seven days. The CBI told the court that Kumar is part of an alleged extortion racket being run in the garb of the investigation. The probe agency also sought court’s nod to add some more sections in present FIR against accused including its DSP Devender Kumar.

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