Delhi HC verdict on Asthana's plea to quash FIR likely today

Hindustan Times

A day after CBI Director Alok Verma was shunted out of the agency, the Delhi High Court on Friday is expected to pronounce its verdict on a plea by CBI special director Rakesh Asthana seeking to quash an FIR registered against him by the agency. In his petition, Asthana had challenged the FIR saying it was motivated at the behest of Verma. Justice Najmi Waziri reserved the order on December 20 after hearing arguments from all sides, including Asthana, ousted CBI director Alok Verma, deputy superintendent of police Devender Kumar and the agency. Asthana, Kumar and an alleged middleman Manoj Prasad had moved court seeking the quashing of the FIR against them. The case was lodged against Asthana and Kumar on the complaint of Hyderabad-based businessman Sana Satish Babu, who contended that the two demanded a bribe to get relief in a case related to meat-exporter Moin Qureshi. The investigation was led by Asthana, who along with Verma was sent on forced leave on October 23. The CBI versus CBI case turned vicious after Asthana complained to the cabinet secretary against Verma last August. The CBI had, however, filed an FIR against Asthana on October 15. Asthana has alleged that a bribe of Rs 2 crore was paid to Verma by Sana, who is also a co-accused in several cases under probe against Qureshi.