Asthana Wants HC to Sum­mon Case Di­ary; Verma Calls Al­le­ga­tions Imag­i­nary CBI

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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.

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