Rakesh Asthana Won't Be Removed As CBI Special Director, Says Top Court - watsupptoday.com
Rakesh Asthana Won't Be Removed As CBI Special Director, Says Top Court
Posted 28 Nov 2017 12:42 PM

Rakesh Asthana, the officer whose appointment to a top post in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was challenged in a petition as "illegal and arbitrary", will stay special director of the investigating agency, the Supreme Court ruled today, rejecting the request.

The NGO Common Cause had challenged the Gujarat cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer's appointment as "illegal and arbitrary", arguing that his name had been found in a diary seized during tax raids on a company being investigated by the CBI.

Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan, representing the NGO, also argued that Mr Asthana's son worked for the company, Sterling Biotech.

A person working in the CBI must have institutional integrity, Mr Bhushan said, adding that the CBI Director had also opposed Mr Asthana's appointment.

In the last hearing, the centre, however, rubbished the allegations and described Mr Asthana as an "outstanding officer". The decision to appoint him was taken unanimously by a panel headed by the Chief Vigilance Commissioner and the CBI Director, the centre said.

The petition challenging Mr Asthana's appointment had also cited a news report on Vijay Mallya, the tycoon wanted in India for defaulting on crores in loans. In a hearing in the UK, where Mr Mallya has been staying since last year, Mr Asthana's appointment was cited as an example of the CBI's lack of integrity by London University professor Lawrence Saez, working as an expert on the liquor baron's defence team.

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