CBI vs CBI: Delhi High Court to hear pleas of Rakesh Asthana, Devendra Kumar, Manoj Prasad today

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday said it would hear on Thursday a plea of middleman Manoj Prasad, arrested in the bribery case involving CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, seeking quashing of the FIR against him.

 CBI vs CBI: Delhi High Court to hear pleas of Rakesh Asthana, Devendra Kumar, Manoj Prasad today

File image of Rakesh Asthana. PTI

Justice Najmi Waziri, who was scheduled to hear the petition Tuesday, listed it for Thursday after Prasad's counsel sought an adjournment saying the senior advocate who has to argue the matter was busy in the Supreme Court.

The court will hear three separate pleas on Thursday — of Asthana, CBI Deputy Superintendent of Police Devendra Kumar and Prasad seeking quashing of FIR against them. The status quo order issued against arresting Asthana also ends on Thursday.

The court on Monday heard the three pleas and while Asthana and Kumar's petitions were listed for November, Prasad's matter was fixed for Tuesday.

Prasad was arrested on 17 October 17 and produced before a trial court in New Delhi Tuesday on expiry of his CBI custody. He was sent to 14-day in judicial custody. Kumar, who was arrested on 23 October, was also sent to judicial custody.

The high court had on Monday observed that Prasad's case was on a different footing from that of Asthana and Kumar. It had said Prasad was a private person while Asthana and Kumar were public servants and nothing stops CBI from probing a private individual.

Prasad has also sought a stay on the investigation by the agency till the disposal of the petition.

The CBI had registered the case against Asthana on the basis of a complaint from Hyderabad-based businessman Satish Sana, facing probe in the 2017 case allegedly involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi. Sana alleged that the officer had helped him get a clean chit.

The agency had also arrested Prasad in the case, when he returned from Dubai. Sana alleged that Prasad and his brother Somesh had taken Rs 2 crore to arrange clean chit to him.

Prasad, a resident of Burj Khalifa in Dubai, has arrayed as respondents — the CBI, its chief Alok Kumar Verma, Superintendent of Police SS Gurm, Deputy Superintendent Ajay Kumar Bassi — in the matter. He has also arrayed Sana as a respondent on whose complaint the FIR was lodged.

Prasad's sister has filed the petition on his behalf on 26 October.

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Updated Date: Nov 01, 2018 10:51:13 IST