SC rejects plea against Rakesh Asthana’s appointment to CBI

RSTV Bureau
File photo: CBI interim director Rakesh Asthana (Right) at Parliament House in New Delhi on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

File photo: CBI special director Rakesh Asthana (Right) at Parliament House in New Delhi. PTI

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea challenging appointment of senior Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as a special director of the CBI. The apex court had on November 24 reserved the order in the matter.

A bench of Justices RK Agrawal and AM Sapre said “the writ petition is dismissed”.

The Centre had opposed the plea, saying Asthana had an outstanding career and had supervised over 40 high-profile cases like coal scam, AugustaWestland scam, blackmoney and money laundering cases.

Common Cause, the petitioner NGO, had opposed Asthana’s appointment, saying it was illegal as his name had surfaced in a diary recovered during a raid conducted by the Income Tax department at the offices and other premises of company Sterling Biotech Ltd.

The Centre, however, had claimed that Asthana, who was earlier an additional director in CBI, was looking after its eleven zones.

(With inputs from PTI)