Rakesh Asthana Given Protection from Arrest in CBI Bribery Case 

Someshwar Srivastava

Rakesh Asthana Given Protection from Arrest in CBI Bribery Case 

The Delhi High Court reprimanded the CBI, also known as the Central Bureau of Investigation, to maintain its status in the proceedings against its former director General Rakesh Asthana. Further, they granted him protection from police arrest. The court also directed the CBI to respond to the special director’s petition seeking the dismissal of an FIR against him in relation to a case of bribery involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi. 

Asthana and Devender Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police filed petitions against CBI’s case accusing them of taking bribes. The court is hearing their petitions out.  

The National Democratic Alliance led by the BJP sent the 2 top officials of CBI- Director Alok Verma & Special Asthana on leave over accusations of corruption and bribery.  

CBI was instructed to file its response to the two petitions after the probe agency sought more time & informed the court that case files have been sent to the Central Vigilance Commission. The instruction was given by a bench of Justice Najmi Waziri. 

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