Status quo to be maintained against Rakesh Asthana : HC



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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday, directed the CBI to maintain status quo on the criminal proceedings initiated against its special director Rakesh Asthana, who has challenged the FIR lodged against him of bribery allegations.The high court clarified that there was no stay on the ongoing probe.



The notice has also been issued to Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which is the administrative arm for the CBI.The order asking the agency to maintain the status quo has been issued on the plea of Asthana.

The high court asked both Asthana and Kumar to preserve the records of the case and also their mobile records. It posted the matter for hearing on October 29.During the hearing, CBI said charges against Asthana are serious and the agency was investigating the matter and is likely to add more offences in the FIR.

Asthana's counsel and senior advocate Amrendra Sharan said, it is the case of illegal registration of FIR against the Special CBI Director which is based on the statement of accused.Both the petitions were mentioned before Chief Justice Rajendra Menon, who allocated the matter for hearing before Justice Waziri.



The CBI had yesterday arrested its DSP, Kumar, in connection with bribery allegations involving the investigative agency's second-in-command.

Kumar, the investigating officer in a case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi, was arrested on the allegations of forgery in recording the statement of businessman Sathish Sana, who had alleged to have paid bribe to get relief in the case.

In his statement, Sana had purportedly said that he had in June this year discussed his case with Telugu Desam Party's Rajya Sabha member C M Ramesh who, after speaking to the CBI Director, had assured him that he would not be summoned again.
They said, the agency was also looking into the alleged role of other members of the special investigation team headed by Asthana.


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