Bribery charge involving Rakesh Asthana: Delhi court denies bail to alleged middleman Manoj Prasad

November 03, 2018 04:51 pm | Updated 09:41 pm IST - New Delhi

Rakesh Asthana. File

Rakesh Asthana. File

A Delhi court on Saturday dismissed the bail application of Manoj Prasad, an alleged middleman arrested in connection with bribery allegations involving the CBI’s Special Director, Rakesh Asthana .

Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann denied bail to Mr. Prasad, saying it was not a fit stage to grant the accused relief.

CBI’s fears

The agency had opposed the application, saying the accused was an influential person and if released on bail, he may tamper with the investigation and flee from justice.

In his bail application, Mr. Prasad had said he was not required for the custodial interrogation and no purpose would be served by keeping him in further custody.

Mr. Prasad, arrested on October 17, is currently in judicial custody.

DSP’s bail

The court on October 31 granted bail to co-accused and CBI Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar after the agency did not oppose his bail petition.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had registered an FIR against Rakesh Asthana and others on a written complaint of businessman Sathish Sana on October 15.

Besides Mr. Asthana, Mr. Prasad and Mr. Kumar, another alleged middleman, Somesh Prasad, has been named as an accused in the case

The FIR had alleged that Devender Kumar, being the investigating officer in the case against meat exporter Moin Qureshi, was repeatedly calling the complainant to the CBI office to harass him and compel him to pay a bribe of ₹5 crore for getting a clean chit in the case.

The complaint had also alleged that a part of the bribe had been paid by Sathish Sana.

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