Delhi HC seeks response from CBI in Manoj Prasad bribery case

Delhi HC seeks response from CBI in Manoj Prasad bribery case

CBI had arrested Manoj Prasad, a Dubai based businessman involved in a bribery case which also involved former director general of CBI Rakesh Asthana.

Rakesh Asthana was also arrested by CBI when a Hyderabad based businessman Satish Babu Sana accused him of demanding a bribe to avoid Sana any CBI action in the 2017 case of meat exporter, Moin Qureshi

It was alleged that Prasad acted as a middleman on behalf of Asthana by taking a bribe and offering Satish a clean chit.

CBI is the primary and main investigating agency of India.

Fully known as Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI was formed in 1963 with a view to solve low level cases across India involving corruption, bribery and all economic offences.

The CBI has been accused multiple times of tampering with evidence involving high profile cases and turning the case in favour of the accused. 

CBI was given higher jurisdiction to look into multinational and international level cases later on and the accusations have been levied ever since.

In the case involving Sana, it was alleged that Prasad was in contact with an official from RAW who was in contact with Asthana.

Hence, Asthana was booked on grounds of criminal conspiracy, criminal misconduct and corruption under prevalent sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.

However, a Delhi High court panel involving judge Sanjeev Agarwal gave a clean chit to Asthana and accused CBI of not handling the case properly.

Former CBI DSP Devender Kumar who was the investigating officer earlier in the case involving Qureshi, was arrested in the case of forgery in the statement recorded by Satish. 

Satish had alleged that he had paid the bribe to Kumar to get relief in the case. 

In January, the high court dismissed the pleas of Asthana, Kumar and Prasad seeking quashing of the FIR against them. 

 In May, CBI had requested a plea to the high court for extension of time in the case by 4 months and was allowed by the court.

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