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Alok Verma quits, No relief for Rakesh Asthana

Delhi High Court has refused to quash the FIR lodged against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana on bribery allegations and vacated its interim order granting him protection against criminal proceedings.

Justice Najmi Waziri also refused to quash the FIR lodged against CBI Deputy Superintendent Devender Kumar and alleged middleman Manoj Prasad.

The High Court directed the CBI to complete investigation in case against Asthana and others within 10 weeks.

The High Court dismissed the petitions filed by Asthana, Kumar and Prasad challenging the FIR lodged against them.

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

Meanwhile, Former CBI director Alok Verma, transferred by a high powered committee yesterday asked the government to treat him as “deemed superannuated” with immediate effect. He declined his new assignment as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards. Alok Verma wrote to Secretary, Department of Personnel with the request.

 

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