Delhi High Court lets benched CBI chief Alok Verma go through Rakesh Asthana's files in CVC office
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed benched CBI director Alok Verma and joint director A.K. Sharma to inspect in the CVC's office the case file relating to an FIR against the agency's special director Rakesh Asthana.
Justice Najmi Waziri asked Verma to go to the Central Vigilance Commission's office on Thursday and Friday to inspect the files after his counsel said there are allegations in bad faith against him in Asthana's petition.
The court extended till December 7 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 the court.
The high court on October 23 ordered the CBI to maintain status quo on proceedings against Asthana. That was further extended on October 29 till November 1.
On November 1, the interim order was extended till November 14 and then to November 28. The October 23 order had made it clear that the agency would not take any coercive step against Asthana.