Asthana Wants HC to Summon Case Diary; Verma Calls Allegations Imaginary CBI
New Delhi: Describing himself as a “whistleblower”, CBI special director Rakesh Asthana on Friday urged the Delhi High Court to summon the case diary of the bribery FIR registered against him allegedly at the behest of CBI director Alok Verma. Verma, on the other hand, on Fridayfiledhisreplydenying allegations levelled against him by Asthana. Verma has said Asthana’s allegations are nothing but a figment of his imagination.
Asthana in a rejoinder told the court that it was “humanly impossible” to follow the entire procedure, mandated in the CBI manual for registration of an FIR, in a day. An FIR was registered against Asthana and others on October 15. “The procedure includes verification of the complaint, approval to register FIR, vetting of the draft FIR and approval of the final FIR,” Asthana has said. Asthana has submitted that “various f act s will come to light only when the case diary of the case is produced. Since there were allegedly multiple authorities who have worked on the instant case, the diary should be s h own to the Court”.
He has alleged that Verma “without an iota of proof proceeded with indulging in media leaks of selective and unsubstantiated information to besmirch” his (Asthana) image. Asthana has claimed that he is a “whistle blower” since he had informed the gover nment in
August about an allegedbribeof ₹ 2 croretaken by Ver ma from an “accused” in the money laundering case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi. Dubbing the FIR as “tainted” Asthana has said he has been made part of the “quagmire” initiated by Verma in collusion with an accused in the Moin Qureshi case to “cover up” his (Verma) own acts of criminal misconduct. Verma has denied all allegations against him calling them imaginary.
Requesting the Court to dismiss Asthana’s petition, Verma has claimed that “highly incriminating materials” were found against Asthana. Citing a legal opinion obtained from a government law officer, Verma claimed that no prior per mission from the government was required to register an FIR against Asthana. The case has been adjourned to December 14.