Delhi HC extends bail to Rakesh Asthana

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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday extended the interim relief to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special director Rakesh Asthana till November 28. Notably Asthana had been sent on leave after bribery allegations were levelled against him.

Earlier, on Tuesday Delhi HC rejected the bail plea of a middleman, Manoj Prasad.

On October 15, the CBI had registered a case against Asthana for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 2 crore from Sana Sathish Babu which was given through two middlemen — Manoj Prasad and Somesh Prasad — to wreck the probe against meat exporter Moin Qureshi.

Devendra Kumar was an Investigating Officer in a case against Qureshi, who is facing multiple cases of money laundering and corruption.

Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government sent the CBI’s top two officials – Director Alok Verma and his second-in-command Asthana – on leave over allegations of corruption and bribery.

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