CBI row: Delhi HC allows Alok Verma, AK Sharma to inspect Rakesh Asthana's case files in CVC office
Verma's counsel said that there are allegations of mala fide against him in Asthana's petition.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed CBI Director Alok Verma and Joint Director AK Sharma to inspect in the CVC's office the case file relating to FIR against the agency's Special Director Rakesh Asthana.
Justice Najmi Waziri asked Verma to go to Central Vigilance Commission's office on Thursday after his counsel said that there are allegations of mala fide against him in Asthana's petition.
He also allowed Sharma to go to the CVC's office on Friday for inspecting the files.
The court extended till 7 December its order directing the CBI to maintain status quo regarding proceedings against Asthana, who has sought quashing of an FIR against him in a bribery case.
The court was hearing separate pleas of Asthana, Kumar and middleman Manoj Prasad seeking quashing of the FIR against them.
In the previous hearing, the counsel for Sharma said he had incriminating evidence against Asthana and would place it before the court in a sealed cover, to which the court had asked him to file it before the CBI. The probe agency will then place the documents before it.
The high court on 23 October ordered the CBI to maintain status quo on proceedings against Asthana. That was further extended on October 29 till November 1.
On 1 November, the interim order was extended till 14 November and then to 28 November. The 23 October order had made it clear that the agency would not take any coercive step against Asthana.
On 1 November, both CBI and Asthana had opposed the plea of Additional Superintendent of Police SS Gurm, who has been transferred from Delhi to Jabalpur in the wake of a feud between Verma and Asthana, to be heard in the matter.
The CBI in its reply to the pleas of Asthana and DSP Devender Kumar had said allegations against them and others show cognisable offences. Kumar is out on bail at present.
The CBI had filed the replies in response to the notice issued to it on the petitions filed by Asthana and Kumar, who was granted bail by the trial court, against the filing of the case.
The agency had said it was "handicapped" in its probe against them as the case files and documents have been sent to the CVC for scrutiny following the Supreme Court's order directing the vigilance body to inquire against Verma.
Kumar, earlier 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 Babu Sana who had alleged to have paid bribe to get relief in the case.
The plea stated that investigation by Delhi Police, in this case, cannot be efficiently carried out due to administrative/staff paucity as well as lack of sufficient technical and scientific equipment to find out evidence and the witness as the incident took place about six months ago.
The Supreme Court also stayed the direction of the single-judge bench of the high court summoning Principal Secretary, School Education Department, Manish Jain before it on Friday in relation to the filing of the fresh application by the West Bengal Central SSC
The plea alleged that the presence of media and the public in places of recovery amounts to interference with evidence